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The beloved Tantrum plans to expand into old Doug's Suds storefront at the corner of Carl and Cole has halted due to building retrofitting. Tantrum owner, Amanda Weld, reported that the building has to undergo major seismic retrofitting and they will need to evacuate by the end of February. As we have all experienced (i.e. muni tunnel and Cole Hardware construction), retrofitting can take a lot longer than originally anticipated. Tantrum hopes to find a temporary home during this construction and hopes to be back in their new and improved Doug's Suds location later this year. Tantrum has been such a joy to have in our little neighborhood and we hope that they will be back in business soon!
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After 15 months of renovation and construction, Lavation Studio is opened for business at 784 Stanyan St., formerly home to Son Loy Laundry. According to co-owner Jason Kaidasz, the 2,500-square-foot space will be devoted to indoor cycling and circuit training. Kaidasz and team had their work cut out for them to completely gut and renovate a former laundromat space.
"We wanted to offer a lot of space for bikes and create a facility where people were really comfortable and not on top of each other," said Kaidasz, also owner of Midline, a studio around the corner at 515 Frederick St. "This new facility itself is a cardiovascular workout center," Kaidasz said.
Be sure to stop by Lavation Studio and see if their cardio exercise is right for you. Right now there are having great introductory class packages.
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SFMTA announced on July 22 that it will begin Radio Replacement and Blue Light Emergerncy Telephone Replacement projects on all metro Muni lines. These projects aim to improve Muni's, "systemwide communication capabilities and keep trains running safety and reliably through the city."
This means that construction will require nightly subway shutdowns from 10pm to approximately 5am the next morning. During these shutdowns, bus shuttles will provide substitution.
The subway tunnel upgrade will start Friday, July 31, 2015 and is anticipated to end January 2016.
Additional Information on Service Adjustments:
Have fun folks!
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As part of the Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project, the SFMTA will resume the weekend construction on the Sunset Tunnel beginning on March 20-22. By replacing the aging track and other infrastructure inside the Sunset Tunnel, the project will help improve safety and reliability of the N Judah rail service for Muni customers.
In response to the concerns raised by some neighbors, the SFMTA has modified the work plan to better control the night time noise. Noise mitigation measures will include:
The Sunset Tunnel construction is scheduled to take place on 15 weekends. Since there were several cancelations in January and February, additional weekends may be required. The tunnel work is expected to be completed in fall 2015. The next tentative dates are the weekend of March 27.
What to Expect during Weekend Construction:
Prep work, such as wielding and moving the rails, will continue at the two staging areas by the portals during the day. In order to keep the local traffic flowing and maintain the N Judah rail service during day time hours, new rails will be delivered at night.
Weekend Bus Substitution Service:
Maximizing construction opportunities, the SFMTA has integrated multiple construction components under the Sunset Tunnel project in order to minimize the inconveniences for both N Judah riders and the community around the construction area.
The Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system upgrades are taking place at nine intersections sequentially along the N Judah Line. On the March 20 weekend, crews will be installing signal loops between the tracks at the intersection of Judah and 9th Avenue. The work will start approximately at 8 p.m. Friday and continue until early Monday morning. We will schedule the work to avoid late night time noise. During construction, the streets will remain open; however there will be lane closures and traffic will be diverted. Street parking at construction site will be temporarily unavailable.
The TSP system will use technology to reduce dwell time at traffic signals for Muni light rail vehicles by holding green lights longer.
The construction of the westbound wheelchair accessible platform on Judah and 28th Avenue is scheduled to be completed by the end of March. The new stop will be in service as soon as the work is done. Construction of the eastbound stop on the other side of the street was completed in early February.
The new platform will include longer boarding islands and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant curb ramps, making Muni Metro system safer and easier to use for all customers.
For concerns or assistance, please contact: Tess Kavanagh, Project Manager, at 415.701.4212, via email firstname.lastname@example.org or Jay Lu, Public Relations Officer, at 415.701.4387, via email at email@example.com.
The newly renovated Kezar Stadium had it's grand opening late last week with Mayor Ed Lee as the keynote speaker.
Funded with $3.2 million from the city’s general fund, improvements to the 90-year-old stadium are largely concentrated on the field (improved drainage, new pole vault and long jump areas) and the track, Also fun fact, some 1,000 reclaimed seats from Candlestick Park have been added to bleachers at the 50-yard line.
For some of you sports history buffs, you might already know that Kezar Stadium was home to the San Francisco 49ers until 1970 and served as the football field for high school games against Polytechnic High School and Lowell High School in the 1920s.
The track closed to the public for over 7 months. We're hoping to take a commemorative run around the new track sometime soon. See you there!
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As most in the hood are already aware, the SFMTA has been working for upgrading the tunnel between Duboce Park and Cole Valley, known as the Sunset Tunnel. Typically, construction has been on weekends, Friday PM to Monday AM., 24 hours, around the clock. Residents in Duboce Triangle complained about the constant construction noise, from beeping trucks, to pouring of gravel, and even jackhammers. Since the residents' complaints, there has been no tunnel construction. Happy for the Duboce Triangle residents, but not so much for the completion of this long drawn out process. This improvement project has been going on for years and we're hoping the Sunset Tunnel is the last project.
According to Hoodline, the SF Board of Appeals met and signed off on a new proposal that will allow construction to resume starting March 21st.
Here is the new changes in light of resident complaints:
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So remember when there were all those awful jackhammers and disruption on Carl Street a year or so ago? Well, they are at it again. Luckily, we don't think the jackhammers will be joining them this time. Some of you might have received a leaflet in your mail outlining the upcoming "updates". Here's the deal:
Starting Monday, July 28th through August 22nd, the SFMTA's contractor will begin work on traffic signal infrastructure work for the Carl and Cole intersection. (See clarification from SFMTA rep below) What we do know is that the main work will involve cutting a trench along the sidewalk on the north side of Carl Street (between Cole and Stanyan). Whoops, guess that does mean jackhammers.
What to expect:
Other locations that will get the traffic signal "upgrade":
This will be fun folks.
We got in touch with SFMTA Project Manager, Tess Kavanagh, who was able to clarify what they mean by "traffic signal upgrades".
"To clarify, we are not installing any new traffic signals as part of the Sunset Tunnel project. We are upgrading the existing traffic signal system in order to improve travel times for the N-Line. The traffic signal upgrades include the installation of new signal wire loops within the roadway that will communicate with the existing signal lights, turning them red or green as needed to give the LRV’s priority through the intersection.For example, the work at Carl & Cole involves the installation of a signal loop that is serving the signal that exists at Carl & Stanyan, two blocks away."
You know that large abandon looking mansion on the corner of Stanyan and Carl? Well it has a basement ballroom, has about 2,800 square feet, was built in 1900 and recently sold for just over $3 Million. If you look at the pictures, you might wonder who the hell would buy such a dump. Our hope is that the proud new owners of this mansion will renovate it instead of just tearing it down and using the land for some over-the-top modern condo building like those of Upper Market (look at you The Century). Let's all hope.