Castro Street Design Project follow up meeting slated for April 3

Castro and 18th

Castro and 18th

The San Francisco Planning Department has reviewed the feedback from January’s first community workshop on the Castro Street Design Project and is ready to hold another meeting to show the updated revisions.

The follow up meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd, from 7-9PM at the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy Auditorium (4235 19th Street). The initial design called for modifications to Castro Street between Market and 19th and included:

  • Increasing the sidewalk width from 12-feet to 18-feet and to 22-feet at mid-block, effectively shrinking the street to just two lanes while maintaining parking spaces on either side of the street.
  • Bulb-outs for Muni stops and shorter crosswalks (most notably crossing from Jane Warner Plaza to the North-side of Market).
  • Possible mini-plaza’s (mid-block bulb-outs) with seating and greenery at the expense of some parking.

The Planning Department saw a few snags including moving the high-voltage cabling above the street for Muni and addressing citizens concerns for traffic flow and fewer parking spaces now that the road will be more narrow.

Following completion of the Planning Phase in April, the Department of Public Works will begin preparing the project for construction with a more detailed timeline to be anounced in Spring 2013. We encourage you to come to the meeting if you have any input you’d like to give the Planning Department before they finalize their design.

Roy McKenzie

Roy has been a Castro resident since 2010 and is passionate about drag queens, bicycling, and food. Follow his babbling on Twitter.

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