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Grand opening for SoMa “StrEat” food truck park set for June 6

The SoMa StrEat Food Park opens later this week, with a grand opening celebration scheduled on Wednesday, June 6.

For those of you who have been living off the $1.50 hot dogs from Costco, relief is in sight.

The SoMa StrEat Food Park is set to open near the corner of 11th and Harrison Streets, with its “soft opening” beginning this week on Thursday, May 31 and continuing through Tuesday, June 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The “grand opening,” featuring both lunch and dinner service, is set for Wednesday, June 6.  Continue reading

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Western SoMa alley improvements coming up for final approval

Update: The Western SoMa Neighborhood Transportation Plan was approved unanimously by the full Transportation Authority on March 27.

Our friends at the Transportation Authority are preparing to take the Western SoMa Neighborhood Transportation Plan through the board approval process. The report recommends traffic calming and pedestrian improvements to the alleys of Minna, Natoma, and Ringold Streets and signalized mid-block crossings of Seventh and Eighth Streets. You can read the complete plan by following this link.

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Speculation abounds in the Transbay “neighborhood”

The $400 million Transbay Transit Center

The developer of one of the five “modest sized” towers planned for the area surrounding the new Transbay Transit Center is holding a community meeting on Wednesday night, November 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Courtyard Marriott, 299 Second St. (at Folsom Street). 41 Tehama Street is expected to rise 32 stories, scaled back from the original proposal to build 54 floors, on the block bounded by 1st and 2nd Streets between Mission and Howard Streets.

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Skate park under freeway undergoes environmental review

The long awaited skate park under the Central Freeway touch-down ramp is one step closer to reality. The Planning Department recently issued a “Notification of Project Receiving Environmental Review” for the proposal, which includes the skate park and a mini-park, with basketball courts, play areas, a dog run, lighting, plantings and a pedestrian walkway. The construction is being managed by the Department of Public Works (Frank Filice, 558-4011, is the project manager), with funding coming from the sale of parcels along Octavia Boulevard. South of Market is finally getting something positive out of all those years of demolition and freeway construction.

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Office project proposed for St. Joseph’s church site

The beautiful St. Joseph’s church at 10th and Howard Streets has sat vacant since the Archdiocese abandoned it after the 1989 earthquake. The stained glass has been stripped from the windows and a population of pigeons numbering in the tens of thousands has called the place home for much of the time since then. Continue reading

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Building a brand new neighborhood?

How much housing can we build and how many jobs will we lose in the process? That was always the guiding principle behind the Eastern Neighborhoods rezoning process and it’s about to be manifest in the first mega-project to be approved under the recently adopted Eastern Neighborhoods Plan. It remains to be seen whether the Project Sponsors are building an actual neighborhood or just another bedroom community. Continue reading

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