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Board Of Supervisors Signs Off On LN's Masonic Center Plans

SAN FRANCISCO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Board of Supervisors voted to approve Live Nation's plans to upgrade the Masonic Center on Nob Hill but not without a few catches.

Among the 15 new restrictions imposed by The Board of Supervisors were a reduction in the number of evening events allowed per year to 85, down by ten from the plan approved by the city planning commission. Currently, the Center is permitted for 50 events a year. The permitted capacity for the new venue was also cut to 3,300, approximately the same as the current level and 200 fewer than the plan previously approved by the Planning Committee.

Other new provisions require Live Nation to seek police approval for events that have had security issues in the past or addres trash pickup, truck deliveries and limits on alcohol sales, the San Francisco Chronicle said.

Live Nation's plans for the venue have faced strident opposition from local community groups who are concerned that the promoter's plans for the Masonic Center would disrupt the historic neighborhood. While the approval by the The Board of Supervisors, several challenges from the citizen's groups remain, including lawsuit filed, or soon-to-be-filed in Superior Court demanding an environmental impact report and a zoning appeal. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers