Fate Of Central Subway Excavation Machines Stirs SF North Beach Debate

Reporting Chris Filippi : CBSlocal.com – 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.
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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?

Deal reached to lease out North Beach theater for Central Subway work

By: Will Reisman : sfexaminer – excerpt

A deal has been reached to bring up Muni’s Central Subway machinery at an abandoned theater in North Beach.
The transit agency, along with Board of Supervisors President David Chiu and the Mayor’s Office, had been locked in talks to lease out the Pagoda Palace as a way to store equipment and extract tunnel-boring machines needed for the 1.7-mile transit extension project.
Per the agreement, Muni will pay $9.15 million to use the site, which includes up to $3.15 million to building owner Joel Campos for 24 months of rent and other reimbursements. The rest will be spent tearing down the existing building and extracting the machinery.
Originally, Muni had planned on bringing up the machinery in the middle of Columbus Avenue, but backed off after a strong outcry from local residents and merchants.
As part of the deal, city officials have agreed to waive some zoning restrictions for future development at the site. That requires naming the site a special-use district. The Planning Commission is scheduled to vote today on whether to declare the site a special-use district… (more)

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