Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Condo Conversion: This Page Cannot Be Found

If you are a TIC owner who has participated in the condo conversion lottery, you have heard of the Bureau of Street Use and Land Mapping on Stevenson Street. They are the city department that certifies buildings to purchase their lottery tickets, conducts the lottery and posts the list of 200 winning units and the list of standbys aka losers.

In Kafka-esque fashion, the rules for the lottery are every changing. In 2006 a new system was instituted, close to the time of the drawing. The new system benefited older TICs that had been unsuccessful for many years by putting them into more privileged drawing tiers. These rules were in effect for one year only.

No one knows what will happen in 2007. It's up to the Supervisors and the Mayor. It has been noted by the TIC Coalition that the political climate seems a bit chilly this year. Recent legislation about condo conversion and Ellis evictions, which the mayor declined to veto, could be a sign that more permanent improvements in the condo lottery system will not be on any candidate's agenda this fall. Who knows? Perhaps by February reason will prevail.

Apparently the folks at the Bureau of Street Use and Mapping (who have always been very nice about allowing me to line up my lucky troll dolls on the counter as I purchased my tickets) are just as clueless as the rest of us. Go to their homepage and click on the condo conversion link.


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