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)

Hi Everyone, let’s keep together as a neighborhood!

RE:  PAGODA THEATER AT BOARD OF SUPES, MONDAY, FEB. 25, 1:30 PM
The Land-Use Committee is your only opportunity to make public comments.
Voice your concerns and tell your stories.  Members of our community will still suffer from the Pagoda Theater’s unnecessary work.  Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) can be buried underground or extracted in Chinatown.  The Pagoda Theater requires a Supplemental EIR—due to unstable soil conditions, adjacent historic buildings and spot-zoning to benefit one property.  Let’s support ALL our North Beach merchants and neighbors!

LAND-USE COMMITTEE, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2013, 1:30 PM
City Hall Legislative Chambers, Room 250
AGENDA:  Item 2 Special Order at 1:30 pm—Pagoda Theater
http://sfbos.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=43505

Email the Mayor and Board of Supervisors:
Mayor and Supervisors: (Updated January 13, 2013)
MayorEdwinLee@sfgov.org
David.Campos@sfgov.org
David.Chiu@sfgov.org
John.Avalos@sfgov.org
Carmen.Chu@sfgov.org
Norman.Yee.Bos@sfgov.org
London.Breed@sfgov.org  
Mark.Farrell@sfgov.org
Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org
Malia.Cohen@sfgov.org
Jane.Kim@sfgov.org
Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2013, 2 PM Start
AGENDA:  Item 33 Pagoda Theater—3:30 PM (?)
http://www.sfbos.org/ftp/uploadedfiles/bdsupvrs/bosagendas/agendas/2013/bag022613.pdf
Note: No further public comments are allowed.

Bury TBMs or Extract TBMs in Chinatown – The Pagoda Theater’s TBMs extraction is totally unnecessary.  It is fiscally irresponsible to spend up to $80 million for the northern tunnel extension to North Beach—to get only $4.4 million in TBM salvage value.  Instead, per the original plans in 2005-08, the TBMs can be extracted or buried in Chinatown, saving up to $80 million and eliminating all disruptions.

Pagoda Theater Extraction Cuts Muni Bus Service – TBMs extraction at the Pagoda will cost an unnecessary $9.15 million in Muni operating funds.

STREETSBLOG:  “Central Subway Pagoda Deal Will Take $9 Million From Muni Operating Funds”   http://sf.streetsblog.org/2013/02/20/central-subway-pagoda-deal-will-take-9-million-from-muni-operating-funds/

Telegraph Hill Dwellers asks for TBMs extraction in Chinatown. –  If built, the Central Subway Project will reduce surface transit throughout the northeast quadrant.  In the Federal Transit Administration’s summary, the Central Subway will take $15.21 million in operating funds from Muni—annually.  Per the Final SEIS/SEIR, the subway will cause 76,400 hours of reduced Annual Diesel/ Trolley Bus Hours.  In the FY 2012 New Starts Criteria Report, the subway will cause 34,426 hours of reduced Annual Trolley Bus Hours.