A couple of readers have reached out to tell us about the closure of a few businesses on the southeast corner of 20th Avenue and Geary Boulevard recently. The closure is due to seismic retrofitting work that is taking place on the building.
The corner building houses several businesses including Emma’s Coffeehouse (5549 Geary), Dick’s International Barber Shop (5541 Geary), Versaille Jewelry (5545 Geary), and Mai’s Beauty Salon (5547 Geary).
Tipster Ben P. tells us that Emma’s will not be re-opening after renovations, but the barber shop and salon will be back. Reader Gregory said the barbers will be working out of Rick’s Barber Shop at 5349 Geary, between 17th & 18th Avenues. Ben said the jewelry store was having a moving sale but it’s unclear if that was just to clear inventory before a temporary closure, or if it is permanent.
Several businesses (and residents’ garages) have been displaced in the Richmond District due to the city’s required seismic retrofitting. The city’s Mandatory Soft Story Retrofit Program (MSSP) requires that wood frame buildings with 3 or more stories, as well as five or more residential dwelling units, must be seismically retrofitted. The program is led by the Earthquake Safety Implementation Program and enforced by the Department of Building Inspection.
All qualifying, soft-story property owners were notified in 2013, and based on the type of building, retrofitting deadlines begin on September 15, 2017 and range until September 15, 2020. As building owners get the work underway, we can except to see more of these types of closures across the neighborhood in the coming months.
The corner building that houses these four businesses is located at 404 20th Avenue. According to the building permit, the seismic retrofitting will cost $30,000.