We are sure you all have had your fair share of frustration for the long, never-going-to-end N Judah Improvement Project. While Muni isn't going to be digging up our roads or sidewalks right now, they are going to start improving the Sunset Tunnel through their Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project. The project will involves replacing tracks, upgrading overhead wiring, refurbishing fire water valves, retrofitting the retaining walls and their foundations, and adding transit signal priority for Muni cars at nine intersections along the N-Judah route.
Constant postponements by SFMTA will now cease and supposed construction work will commence around 7pm this Friday until 2am Monday. While the work is underway, bus shuttles will replace regular N-Judah service between Church and Duboce and Ocean Beach. The bus shuttles will follow the regular N-Judah route, except of course for the tunnel portion (they'll travel along Haight instead).
Good luck everyone.
Portions of this article were taken, with permission, from Hoodline. Read their article here.
So remember that quaint nail/tanning/waxing salon on Stanyan and Frederick? Well San Francisco Sun Tanning Salon is no longer and it looks like it's getting a facelift! It seems like the owners have closed due to financial reasons. Their website states the following:"Sadly, despite our efforts to continue in this economy, San Francisco Sun has closed. Please know, we are grateful for each and every customer and neighbor who has supported us over the past 10 years."
The 10 year old tanning salon will be reopening as a Cardio gym.. Could be promising considering the CV hood doesn't have much in the form of cardio and dance exercise classes. We got the pilates place on Waller, Midline on Lincoln, and Cole Valley Fitness on Cole but no dancing! Not sure when Cole Valley Cardio will be open for business but it looks like it will be soon.
Thanks to @olidreamer, we got tipped off that there might be an Italian restaurant and wine bar moving into the old Hama-Ko location on Carl Street. Hama-Ko, a delicious hole-in-the-wall sushi restaurant, closed it's doors fall 2012 and it has been vacant ever since. Recently, we saw some parchment paper go up on the windows which is a good sign that someone has rented it out and is starting to do construction. Hard to imagine how a new restaurant would look because it is such a small space. If anyone has any other information about what might this storefront be (more specifics), please mention us on Twitter, use the #colevalley, and let us know!
UPDATE: We now have gotten confirmation that there will indeed be a new Italian wine bar opening into the old Hama-Ko location on Carl Street. Perbacco's long-time wine director, Claudio Villani, is going off on his own to open a “contemporary enoteca” called InoVino. The small 30-seat spot will be going into 108 Carl Street —right across the street from the now ridiculously popular Padrecito. Villani says his inspiration for the business comes from this friendly, well-known Florentine panini spot called ‘ino. Villani is going to offer wines from all over the world (Greece, Spain, South America, Italy, France). The price of bottles will range from $25 to $65, and there will be at least 30 wines by the glass for $8 to $15. The menu will consist mostly of cheeses and charcuterie from local and international producers, along with crostini, bruschette, and crudo. Villani will spend next month in Italy for some more inspiration. He plans to open InoVino in July.
Source: SF Magazine
New cell towers were installed in the Lower Haight (the rooftop of 255 Steiner to be exact) recently. Many AT&T customers, like myself, probably received this lovely message from them stating:
"AT&T is dedicated to keeping you connected where you live, work and play. We thought you'd be excited to hear that we've expanded coverage in San Francisco by building a new cell site...New towers are just part of our drive to give you clear calls, reliable connections and fast speeds."
While this brings exciting news to residents of the Lower Haight, not sure if Cole Valley and Upper Haight neighbors will benefit much. Have you seen a difference?
So on November 9th 2011, the SFMTA had a community outreach meeting at Grattan Elementary School to talk about the Carl Street Rail Replacement Project. The meeting talked about the project limits, time frame, and budget, among other things. So, I know what you're thinking. Will muni stop running? I live on Carl, does that mean I'm stuck with loud construction noises and no street parking? Hopefully all these questions will be answered in time.
Here's the facts:
Project Limits: On Carl Street, between Cole and Arguello.
Project Timeframe: Completion Estimated at February 2013!
Resident Inconvenience: A lot!
Muni Stoppage: You betcha!
Budget: $18.3 Million
Transit, Infrastructure and Streetscape Enhancements:
1. Muni light rail service improvements:
2. Train lubricators to help mitigate noise and vibration from the train
3. Curb ramp upgrades
4. Water and sewer improvements
5. Pole replacements.
What to read the all the information about the Rail Replacement Project, we got you! Let us know (via Contact Us) with your email and we'll send you along the pdf. Thanks @njudah for passing the information to us!