SFMTA reaches private property lease terms for Central Subway construction

rtands.com – excerpt

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) finalized the lease terms with the owner of the Pagoda Palace property in North Beach, Calif.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) finalized the lease terms with the owner of the Pagoda Palace property in North Beach, Calif.
This step brings SFMTA closer to finalizing plans to extract its two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will be used to construct the Central Subway. The lease is subject to approval by the SFMTA Board.
“The Central Subway invests in a modern 21st Century public transportation system for San Francisco that will connect our city’s diverse neighborhoods and create thousands of jobs,” said San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee. “This next step will allow the project to move forward in building a transit system for the growing population and workforce of the future and minimizes the construction impact to the North Beach neighborhood.”
The two-year lease, capped at $3.15 million, allows SFMTA to demolish the existing structure and utilize the property to retrieve the TBMs…
The project will also require National Environmental Policy Act clearance by the Federal Transit Administration. If all of the necessary legislative processes and approvals occur by April 1, 2013, then the demolition of the Pagoda Palace site can then commence. Before any construction begins, SFMTA will conduct building surveys on the properties adjacent to the Pagoda Palace site to assess existing conditions…  (more)


BELOW:  MTA’s Official Update Information (Director Ed Reiskin) – Excerpt

Feel free to attend to hear about the latest plans and to make comments.  Everyone is working together to avoid disruptions to North Beach’s businesses and neighbors.  But many questions remain—especially after a fire alarm cut off questions at the 1-22-13 Community Meeting.  Many folks asked for technical studies of other TBMs extraction methods.

MTA BOARD:  Director’s Report on Pagoda Theater/ Extraction of TBMs
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013, 3 PM (near beginning of meeting).
At City Hall, Room 400
AGENDA: http://www.sfmta.com/cms/cmta/SFMTABoardFeb.52013agenda.htm

PLANNING COMMISSION:  Pagoda Theater Special Use District
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2013, (12 PM Start) Item 10a, 12:30 PM+
At City Hall, Room 400
AGENDA: http://sfplanning.org/index.aspx?page=3381
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  http://commissions.sfplanning.org/cpcpackets/2013.0050CTZ.pdf

Negotiations, approvals still await Muni’s plans to extract Central Subway tools

By: Will Reisman : SFExaminer – excerpt

While Muni negotiates with a North Beach property owner on how it will remove boring tools for the Central Subway project, major planning and approval decisions regarding the controversial extraction process await.
Outrage among residents and merchants over plans to remove the machines at Columbus Avenue led the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, to propose taking out the equipment at the Pagoda Palace, a derelict former movie theater.:…  (more)

Letter to NBBA Members, re: Central Subway Project

northbeachbusinessassociation.com – excerpt

Dear Members,

You may have been approached and told that the North Beach Business Association is not actively involved in fighting the proposed extraction of the Central Subway machinery scheduled to take place in the heart of North Beach.
we have decided to provide funds to retain the law firm of Susan Brandt-Hawley, a well-known lawyer who works exclusively on environmental cases such as ours. She has an amazing track record. If you are interested in researching her, her firm’s website is preservationlawyers.com
This is not a time for people to be divisive within our community. We are facing a huge crisis and we need to stand together as one voice to prevent the destruction of our neighborhood and merchant corridor. We hope you will join us in this fight. Please keep an eye out for more e-mails and updates as the situation moves forward.
Please feel free to contact anyone on the board via email or call us as well (415.989.2220).  We want to hear from you!!
Many thanks,
The Board of NBBA… (more)

We were looking up the results of this week’s meeting and discovered that most of the links regarding SFMTA North Beach meetings lead to our videos of the first meeting. This is the first other recent data that comes up in google.