Pagoda Theater’s Central Role In The Central Subway Criticized

marinatimes – excerpt

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is facing opposition to its plans to use North Beach’s abandoned Pagoda Palace theater as the site for removing two tunnel-boring machines that are creating the Central Subway. The Pagoda itself was selected after community opposition to the original plan to remove the machines through a shaft on Columbus Avenue by Washington Square Park.
SFMTA says that of all of the options it studied, the Pagoda “is the only option that would minimize construction impacts in North Beach while leaving no physical impediments to a potential future extension of the T-Third Line to North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf.”
The group Save Muni, which campaigns against the Central Subway project, argued that the Pagoda site is a mistake “for a variety of reasons, including major geotechnical and groundwater problems, potential ground subsidence, threatened historic structures and threatened incursions into public parks.” The group has urged the City to prepare a new or supplemental environmental impact report on the project.
SFMTA estimated that the costs to remove the machines at the Pagoda site would be about $9.15 million, including leasing the property, construction costs, and reimbursements to the property owner… (more)

Fate Of Central Subway Excavation Machines Stirs SF North Beach Debate

Reporting Chris Filippi : – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The question of what to do with two huge tunnel boring machines that will dig the hole for the Central Subway project in San Francisco is generating more controversy.
On Wednesday night, over 100 people packed a community meeting in North Beach where some neighbors questioned why the machines can’t be left underground.
SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin said getting the machines out and tearing down a building many consider an eyesore seems like a win-win for the community.
“I’ll note also that there was no support in this room at the time to leave the machines buried here in North Beach,” Reiskin said… (more)

The more they learn the less they like.

Maybe people object to the soaring costs that turned up the minute the contract was signed, or maybe the disagreement between engineers cause some to pause and re-think the plan, or maybe the fact that reports on the bolts were ignored prior to installing them, and only when they obviously failed were they defects taken seriously. What are we NOT seeing that we need to concern ourselves with and who do we trust?