As previously reported, the Board of Appeals ruled in favor of the Department, 3-0, denying the appeal of our building permit for the maintenance complex. The denial of this appeal is now final and our permit has been reinstated. Thank you to everyone who has supported us during this process,
Rain is slowing, but not stopping, our progress. We are happy to report that the project remains on track for a spring completion (assuming seasonal rains are normal).
The irrigation system and other subsurface systems are in place and finish grading of large areas of the park have been completed. The concrete paths along the perimeter of the park are in place, and the court retaining walls and ADA path leading up to the meadow are being formed and poured. The foundations for the playground “gorge” are in place and the placing of the rock will begin next week.
The subsurface drainage systems within the park are in place, and the final step of installing the lateral lines under the sidewalk and street to tie into the City sewer line will be performed in the coming weeks. Neighbors should expect some disruptions to traffic and access to parking while this street work is being performed. We apologize for this inconvenience. Until the tie-in is in place some storm water runoff from the construction site will likely occur when we experience intense rainfall. The Contractor has installed storm water control swaddles and hay bales at strategic locations around the site to control water runoff onto the sidewalks and to prevent erosion. Please call (415) 447-4800 if you notice unusual amounts of water flowing over the perimeter walls or down the stairs toward the street.
The new trees and literally thousands of new plants to be planted as part of the renovation project will begin arriving on site as early as next week. I have received several calls regarding the rather sad appearance of the recently replanted pears in the southeast quadrant of the park. According to our arborist, it is not unusual for trees to go into shock and drop their leaves when they are moved or experience a significant change in their environment. The current plan is to continue to care for these trees and then reevaluate them in the spring. We are optimistic that they will regenerate once they have had some time to become established. We are happy to report that the lovely plum (#39) near the meadow was successfully moved about 20 feet to the northeast and appears to be doing just great in its new location.