A note from Eric at Bird & Beckett…
Bring letters for Paul’s landlord!
And bring flowers or cookies or some such for Paul & Jennie Park!
This Saturday (8/15) from 10 a.m. to noon, come by Buddies Market at the corner of Diamond & Chenery in Glen Park to let Paul and Jennie know that you’re in their corner. Or just stop in to see Paul anytime. Saturday morning, we’ll have paper and pens and clipboards if you want to compose a note of support on the spot to be bundled up and sent to their landlord… We suggest just a brief list of three or four reasons you value Buddies, the Parks, or the general concept of having a family run corner store in the neighborhood.
After 13 years in business in the heart of Glen Park, the Parks are facing a rent hike on their storefront that could well make it impossible for them to continue the business. Not long ago they were paying $5,000 a month (already a rent that makes me wince to think of)– though I believe their recent rate has been somewhat higher still. Now the landlord is holding out for $7,600 (down from an initial demand of $10,000).
Negotiations are ongoing, and Paul and Jennie are hopeful that the landlord will relent and bring the rent increase down to a rate at which they can continue to do business. Time will tell.
Supervisor Wiener has sent the landlord a letter of support, as has Bird & Beckett. But we think several dozen brief pleas from the neighbors would be the most useful thing at this point.
Show your neighborhood spirit! And keep it positive, please!
Here’s the latest from SFMTA regarding the work on the Diamond/Bosworth intersection:
Our tentative completion date for the existing work left on the project is mid-September. As you probably have noticed, there are new traffic lights and poles installed at the intersection. We are waiting for PG&E to assist us switch the traffic light/signal system over from the existing to the new system. PG&E is scheduled to work this Monday, 8/17. After this is done, our crews can go ahead and remove the old poles and finish paving the corners and open areas. (Some of these areas were kept “open” or unpaved so crews could maintain access to the electrical systems underneath the sidewalk. Other areas, such as the sidewalk corners, couldn’t be completed until the old traffic poles were removed.)
Median plant work is ongoing- we expect this will be completed by the end of August.
Permanent restriping is still being determined. Before we place permanent striping down, we do a series of checks to make sure the new pavement is even and completed, and our contractors are about to finish those checks. In the meantime, I’ve asked the contractors to refresh the temporary striping.
The gateway sign was installed last Monday. We were able to resolve the issue with AT&T and put the sign anchors in the ground.
As for the changes to the southwest/BART corner, our engineering team is still working on those details. These changes are to address buses turning onto eastbound Bosworth from northbound Diamond. We have observed that larger vehicles are having trouble making the turn from NB Diamond onto EB Bosworth. I believe you spoke to John, who is one of our construction inspectors, regarding the removal of part of the median on Bosworth. This was an idea that was brought up as a possible solution but is not confirmed as something we are doing. Damon Curtis and his team are still looking into this issue, and when more information becomes available, I will update you about the next steps. Please note that this work is not factored into the September completion date.
Regarding the planters and long-term care for the plants, I am still looking into this concern and will follow-up with you shortly.
Public Relations Officer
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
1 South Van Ness Avenue, 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Glen Park Greenway Community Meeting with the SFPUC
Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: St John School gym at 925 Chenery Street
(enter from Chenery Street via playground)
Topic: Watershed Planning for Islais Creek
The Glen Park Association is pleased to host a presentation by Rosey Jencks of SFPUC who will explain how the SFPUC is responding to storm water flows in our watershed. We’ll have an opportunity to ask questions about the ways this might affect our plans for the Glen Park Greenway. She will include the following topics:
- Watershed planning
- Storm water management
- Creek daylighting opportunities
- Rain gardens
The Glen Park Greenway, which runs parallel to Bosworth Street between Brompton and Burnside Avenues, will create a pedestrian route that joins Glen Park Village to Glen Canyon Park.
Many thanks to St John School for kindly allowing us the use of their gym for this meeting.