Historic Hibernia Bank Moving ForwardRandy Shawbyline‚ Aug. 02‚ 2012
After two decades of non-use, San Francisco’s legendary Hibernia Bank building in the Tenderloin is finally on a path to re-opening. While two years of renovations remain, the stickiest issues have been resolved. Mayor Lee has taken a personal interest in the Hibernia’s revival, and his staff has worked to resolve conflicts between city agencies over historic preservation and disabled access. The Hibernia’s interim role as providing a haven for drug dealers and public urination has also been curtailed, as owner Seamus Naughton promptly responded to community concerns about ongoing problems. The Hibernia’s re-opening will dramatically transform one of the Tenderloin’s worst corners, joining other nearby improvements in the most troubled part of Mid-Market.