Walk to school? What a concept!

Here’s a radical idea that just might help cut back on the traffic mayhem by the schools in the morning and afternoon. We might also end up with healthy, independent kids too.


Hat tip to City Lab

Monterey Median Workday Canceled for Saturday February 7

Originally posted on Sunnyside Neighborhood Association:

Due to the impending storm, BUF has canceled the Monterey Median Workday this Saturday, February 7.

We will keep you abreast of the new date.

Thank you

SNA Greening Committee

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More press about developing the Balboa Reservoir.

The SF Weekly ran an article that is worth reading.

The Examiner Covers the Balboa Reservoir Meeting.

logoThe Ex just got around to covering Last week’s community meeting about the future of the Balboa Park Reservoir. The Planning Department is looking for community input.

Listen, Learn, and Have Your Say


Safeway gets the OK to build from the Planning Department

safeway_floristAfter more than six years of negotiations with the neighborhood and Safeway the Planning Commission yesterday approved a conditional use authorization allowing the teardown and rebuild of the Sunnyside Safeway. The authorization also includes street enhancements to Monterey Boulevard we negotiated to mitigate the expected increased traffic.

Once Safeway obtains building permits they plan to begin demolition in March. The shiny new store  with a pharmacy, florist, Starbucks coffee cart and a service butcher is to be completed a year later.

2010.0401C                                                                                         (M. BOUDREAUX: (415) 575-9140)

625 MONTEREY BOULEVARD – cross Streets Gennessee and Foerster Streets; Lots 043 & 054 in Assessor’s Block 3115 - Request for Planned Unit Development, seeking modifications to the Planning Code for rear yard requirements, and street frontage, per Planning Code Sections 304, 134, 145.1; request for Conditional Use Authorization to expand an existing Safeway grocery store from 19,079 gsf to 44,919 gsf, to merge two lots into one lot measuring approximately 36,187sf, pursuant to Planning Code Section 710.11, for commercial use size of approximately 44,900 gsf, pursuant to Planning Code Section 710.21, for extended hours of operation between 11pm – 2am, pursuant to Planning Code Section 710.27, to allow expansion of existing formula retail grocery store (dba Safeway), and to establish formula retail coffee kiosk (dba Starbucks) inside the store, pursuant to Planning Code Section 703.4. The project site is within a NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial, Cluster) Zoning District, and 32-X Height and Bulk District. This action constitutes the Approval Action for the project for the purposes of CEQA, pursuant to Section 31.04(h) of the San Francisco Administrative Code.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with Conditions

Plans for Safeway street improvements released

The Friends of Monterey Blvd and Safeway have been negotiating for years about how to mitigate the traffic impacts associated with the upcoming remodel and today the fruits of that labor are here.

Originally, Safeway wanted to remove the median in front of the store so that large delivery trucks could back across four lanes into the loading dock. This is the only way groceries can be delivered. Trucks must exit the freeway at Monterey to get to the store.

In the final agreement Safeway will remove the three dfoersterSEead palms and foersterNWinstall a “mountable” median that trucks will roll over to make the deliveries. They also propose to install three “bulb out” sidewalk extensions at the Monterey/Foerster intersection.

These extensions will add space for pedestrians as they walk to Sunnyside  and St. Finn Barr Schoolsand reduce the crossing distances. Waiting for the bus will be and better experience too.

FoersterSWThe whole project will go before the Planning Commission on December 11.

We think this plan will be the best way to deal with the expected increased traffic from the improved Safeway, while making our Boulevard a safer place for the people who live and work here.  What do you think?

Complete drawings (pdf) are here.