Real estate, like porn, is about selling a fantasy. In the Mission, a porn mogul is using his talents — and his mailing list — to sell the fantasy of San Francisco’s very own Madison Square Garden. Some of the neighbors aren’t buying it.
Peter Acworth, CEO of fetish porn studio Kink.com, dreams of opening a full-time events venue inside the Armory, Kink’s fortress-like headquarters and the largest building in the Mission. The problem is that the Armory’s 40,000-square-foot Drill Court is currently zoned PDR (Production, Distribution, and Repair), meaning it’ll need to be rezoned as an entertainment space before it can host more than one event per month.
Proposition I, the ballot measure that would freeze new construction in the Mission for at least 18 months, would also freeze the permitting process — and torpedo Acworth’s ambitions to create the city’s newest premier nightlife destination… (more)