The Japantown Buchanan Mall in San Francisco is receiving $ 5 million in state funding for repairs and upgrades that will revitalize the self-contained pedestrian walkway and shopping corridor.
Assembly member Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, joined community members Tuesday morning at the Torii Gate entrance to make the fundraising announcement. The pedestrian walkway is flanked by businesses and restaurants on Buchanan Street between Post and Sutter streets.
Ting said in a statement that the crucial attention and support for communities in Asia and the Pacific Islands was long overdue, especially amid increasing crime against the API community.
“Japantown, like many API communities, has not received the types of investments necessary to thrive and provide valuable historical lessons that teach us the mistakes of the past and foster greater understanding. “
Ting’s office said the funding would be used to repair one of the mall’s centerpieces: the Origami fountains designed by acclaimed artist Ruth Asawa. It has been over 10 years since the fountains flowed.
The cost of repairing the fountains was estimated at more than $ 400,000 in a 2016 report from ARG Conservation Services, a consultant chosen by the Arts Commission and Department of Public Works, according to the Japantown Community Benefit District.
The district also said the paved trail requires work to become ADA compliant. In addition, new lighting is part of the Buchanan Shopping Center “Vision Plan”.
Jon Osaki, executive director of the Japanese Community Youth Council, said in a statement:
“The small businesses at Buchanan Mall are essential to the character, culture and economy of Japantown. I am grateful to Assembly Member Ting for making our community a priority in the state budget.
The improvements to the mall complement another project at Peace Plaza in Japantown that will fix leaks in the public garage below and focus on more efficient use of public space.