OMIBA Hosts Community at ‘Party for the OMI’s Historic Landmarks’

Neighbors, community leaders, and preservationists came together to celebrate the strides made in protecting and honoring the Ocean View-Merced Heights-Ingleside neighborhood’s distinct architectural and historical resources.

Over 45 people attended the Party for the OMI’s Historic Landmarks at the Ocean Ale House on July 26 to recognize the neighborhood’s two new city landmarks and funding for the first phase of the renovation of the historic Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse.

“The OMI is a quintessential San Francisco neighborhood complete with remarkable architecture and a unique history that deserves preservation and investment,” OMI Business Association co-chair and event organizer Alexander Mullaney stated. “The neighborhood character we are celebrating is a precious resource connecting us to our past and shaping our future.”

In November, Ingleside Presbyterian Church was designated a city landmark both inside and out. In July, the former El Rey move palace was designated a city landmark and local and state officials secured funds needed for the first phase of the Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse renovation.

Ingleside-Excelsior Light Publisher Alexander Mullaney and Ocean Ale House co-owner Miles Escobedo organized as co-chairs of the newly formed Ocean View-Merced Heights-Ingleside Business Association.

Speakers at the event included Ingleside Presbyterian Church’s Rev. Roland Gordon, Friends of the Geneva Office Building and Powerhouse’s Dan Weaver, and District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai.

“The OMI community — though split into District 7 and District 11 — gives so much to small businesses that we want to give back and develop those relationships,” Escobedo said.