Stalled renovation plans, lax building code enforcement allowing Alexandria Theatre to decay
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Since 1923, one of San Francisco’s jewels and once a roadshow house, the Egyptian-themed Alexandria Theatre is being allowed to deteriorate and become a home for transients due to stalled redevelopment plans and slow building code enforcement by the city. Although the plans submitted by the theater’s foreign owners include a 250 seat theater (in a building that once sat five times that number), most of the space would be converted to residential and retail use.
Meanwhile, a city loophole has allowed the blight to continue without anyone being held responsible or penalized.
Delays in cleaning the property and developing a more viable use for the space are partly due to economic hardships, as well as a disconnect between city planners and Alexandria Enterprises LLC — the building’s foreign owners — said Supervisor Eric Mar, who represents the district in which the theater is located.
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