On July 19th, Councilmember Carroll Fife introduced legislation that passed approving the City Administrator to negotiate and enter into a month-to-month lease with the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation for the publicly owned property located at 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza/ 1427 Broadway, formerly occupied by the Betti Ono Gallery.
The resolution also provided a grant amount of up to $50,000, from the funding pool that was already allocated for the Black Arts Movement and Business District (on the 14th Street corridor between Oak Street to Frontage Road), which the gallery space is located within.
The community hub will allow community members to engage with history and politics through workshops, lectures, and service programs and facilitate conversations between former members of the Black Panther Party and community members, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), and elected officials. The Foundation will also partner with CBOs to deliver services to the community similar to those carried out by the Black Panther Party, including free food, free clothing, free medical services, educational tools, and housing information.
On December 20th, Councilmember Carroll Fife also introduced an amendment to the legislation to extend the term of the lease to be three years with one two-year option to renew and set an affordable rent of $1.25 per sf ft, due to cultural and social benefits the space will bring to the community.
Read the original legislation here.
Read the amendments here.