SAN FRANCISCO — A Japantown property owners’ meeting will be held on Thursday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Union Bank Community Room, Post and Buchanan streets (enter Japan Center’s East Mall from Peace Plaza).

Representatives from the San Francisco Planning Department and the Japantown Organizing Committee will present proposed code regulation related to a new Japantown Neighborhood Commercial District.

For the last several years, the Japantown community and Planning Department have been working on the Japantown Cultural Heritage and Economic Sustainability Strategy (JCHESS). One of the recommendations of the JCHESS is to create Japantown’s own commercial district.

The purpose of the meeting, which is open to the public, is to make sure that this proposed district meets the merchants’ needs.

To learn more about the JCHESS, click here.


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  1. Concerned that San Francisco’s Japantown is at risk with respect to its cultural heritage and economic sustainability, the Japantown Cultural Heritage and Economic Sustainability Strategy (JCHESS) seeks to outline a set of strategies to secure Japantown’s future as “the historical and cultural heart of Japanese and Japanese American Community” and as a thriving, physically attractive and vibrant commercial and retail district.