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30 September 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Beneath the Pagoda Palace, foundations of San Francisco’s history

Father John Takahashi and Central Subway Program Director John Funghi stand beside concrete blocks that once formed the foundation of a historic North Beach church. Earlier this month, construction crews demolishing the Pagoda Palace unearthed a long-lost piece of San Francisco history: the foundations of a church that stood on these grounds more than a […]

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10 May 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Mayor Lee visits tunnel launch site, meets tunneling machine Mom Chung

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee takes a look at tunnel boring machine Mom Chung in the excavation under 4th Street where tunneling will begin. Yesterday, Mayor Edwin M. Lee paid a visit to the construction site where tunneling will begin and saw Mom Chung, the 350-foot-long tunnel boring machine currently being assembled underground. Speaking […]

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02 April 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Check it out: Our spring 2013 project newsletter

The Central Subway team helped welcome the Year of the Snake at the Chinese New Year Parade & Festival in Chinatown. Hot off the presses: It’s the spring 2013 edition of the Central Subway newsletter. Download it in English or Chinese to read about the latest project news and to gain insight into construction progress, funding milestones and more. In addition […]

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19 March 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Questions about construction in North Beach? Check out these FAQs.

The Central Subway tunnels will end here, at the Pagoda Palace in North Beach, under a plan to relocate the retrieval site for the project’s tunnel boring machines. In response to community concerns about Central Subway construction in North Beach, SFMTA staff and multiple city agencies have worked for the past few months to relocate […]

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07 March 2013 ~ 1 Comment

Introducing Big Alma and Mom Chung, the Central Subway’s tunnel boring machines

  Mom Chung, shown here, will construct the tunnel for southbound trains. More photos of both TBMs are available on our Flickr page. (Photo courtesy of The Robbins Company) We are excited to introduce Big Alma and Mom Chung, the tunnel boring machines (TBMs) that will excavate and construct the Central Subway tunnels. Named Big […]

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05 March 2013 ~ 0 Comments

North Beach update: Board of Supervisors approve key component of TBM retrieval relocation plan

The Central Subway tunnels would end here, at the Pagoda Palace in North Beach, under a plan to relocate the retrieval site for the project’s tunnel boring machines. The Board of Supervisors today voted unanimously to pass a key component of the plan to relocate the retrieval site for the Central Subway’s tunnel boring machines […]

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26 February 2013 ~ 3 Comments

North Beach update: Board of Supervisors unanimously supports key Pagoda Palace plan item

Today at City Hall the Board of Supervisors voted on a key component of the plan to relocate the retrieval site for the Central Subway’s tunneling machines. (Photo courtesy Flickr user Alaskan Dude.) Today the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to support a key component of the plan to relocate the retrieval site for the […]

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25 February 2013 ~ 1 Comment

North Beach update: Land Use Committee recommends approval of key component of TBM retrieval relocation plan

The Central Subway tunnels would end here, at the Pagoda Palace in North Beach, under a plan to relocate the retrieval site for the project’s tunnel boring machines. Today the Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee voted 3-0 to recommend approval of a Special Use District (SUD) for the Pagoda Palace (1731-1741 Powell Street). The […]

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19 February 2013 ~ 0 Comments

North Beach update: SFMTA Board approves Pagoda lease, construction costs

Inside the Pagoda Palace, a former theater that will be demolished under a plan to relocate the retrieval site for the machines that will build the Central Subway tunnels. Today the SFMTA Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve key components of the plan to relocate the retrieval site of the Central Subway’s tunnel boring […]

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15 February 2013 ~ 4 Comments

North Beach update: Planning Commission votes to move TBM retrieval site relocation forward

The Pagoda Palace in North Beach, long considered an eyesore, will be demolished under a plan to relocate the retrieval site for the Central Subway’s tunnel boring machines. For the past two months, SFMTA staff and multiple city agencies have been working to allow the relocation of the retrieval site of the Central Subway’s tunnel […]

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