The anticapitalist collective Station 40, which has been protesting its eviction from 16th street near Mission street, announced today that its landlord has halted the eviction and offered to start their discussion afresh.
Station 40 states that the Jolish family, which owns the building they live in, has legally rescinded their eviction notice and is willing to discuss selling the building. The family issued an unlawful detainer eviction notice because the space above a dollar store on 16th and Mission inhabited by the activist group wasn’t approved for residential use, though Station 40 said they had been living there for 11 years.
Station 40 has been pushing for the landlords to accept an offer on the building from the Community Land Trust, which had given a verbal offer on the building, but were met with disinterest from the landlords.
Now, the two parties will reportedly negotiate using a mediator, and are bringing the Land Trust as well as the Mission Economic Development Agency into the conversation to figure out a good compromise.
“All this is a big victory, not only for us, but the neighborhood too. Resistance works!” Station 40 wrote. “The Jolishes changed their stance because we did not agree to leave our home.”
That resistance included protests and media outreach, but other, more heated forms of opposition also cropped up, though it’s unclear if those actions were the work of Station 40 members. Emanuel Jolish told Mission Local he had seen flyers around the neighborhood that bore messages like “Fuck the Jolishes” and that people had come to pound on his front door in the early hours and run off.
At that time, Jolish characterized the relationship with Station 40 as having “deteriorated.” Now, it appears, both sides are ready to make amends.
This is a developing story and we will update it as warranted.