Castro sidewalk/curb demolition starts today

Fencing up along the Westside of Castro Street (photo: Roy McKenzie)
Fencing up along the Westside of Castro Street (photo: Roy McKenzie)

Demolition is progressing at a fever pitch in the Castro, which is great, because the sooner they finish demolishing, the sooner they will start constructing new and wider sidewalks and come closer to wrapping up the project, and the less complaining we’ll hear about the whole thing here on the Biscuit.

Westside of 400 block of Castro Street water main replacement (photo: CastroStreet.org)

Westside of 400 block of Castro Street water main replacement (photo: CastroStreet.org)

A construction alert was sent out by the Castro / Upper Market Community Benefit District’s CastroStreet.org website, which is chronicling the process (is anyone doing a photo timelapse? because that would be lovely), stating that the water main replacement work being done on the westside of the 400 block (between Market and 18th) will be continuing into this week and demo of the sidewalks will start today (with fencing going up on the westside of Castro Street between Market and 19th this past Saturday).

Demolition crews will start with the westside sidewalk of the 400 block. Demolition of the 400 block sidewalks is set to continue into next week and demolition of the 500 block will start around the end of next week.

Expect pedestrian and vehicle traffic delays.

During demolition, businesses on the westside of Castro Street will still be opened. The fencing extends from the street to about 4-6′ away from the building exteriors allowing a narrow path for walking.

Roy McKenzie

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

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22 Responses

  1. Mitch Mansfield says:

    Thank you Castro CDB for hosting the update website. The place to find out what is happening BEFORE you start complaining about it. Be fully informed with your complaints!

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    • Sasha says:

      By this logic, the city should then charge the merchants post-project for *increased* revenues resulting from the additional foot traffic generated by the work. You don’t get to socialize the costs while privatizing the benefits.

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    • Mitch Mansfield says:

      Business have ups and downs for all kinds of reasons. How would the city then identify the exact dollar amount downturn that the sidewalk re-do actually caused? This is why cities never pay folks for what you are asking. There is no way to come up with a formula.

      The merchants will benefit in the long run. If they can’t survive 6 months of a slight downturn, they shouldn’t be in business. And that is why there are so many vacancies already. The neighborhood can’t support vibrant retail. Maybe it will once it gets its greatly needed makeover.

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    • Joe says:

      This is why it’s so important to support our local small businesses during the construction project. I’m sure they are all worried and concerned about staying alive long enough to benefit from this exciting project.

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  4. Liv says:

    When will it be completed? I don’t see that any where? Thanks

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    • Sanchez Resident says:

      They hope to finish before the Castro Street Fair which is the first Sunday of October.

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  5. ROY!!!!

    How come I don’t see the rainbow crosswalks yet?? What is going on?? Are they really going to make a mess before they make it better???

    HOW RUDE!!!!

    What will i do?

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  6. Dan says:

    The Castro has looked like crap for years. We deserve a fantastic environment like the other redos on Valencia, Cesar Chavez and Divisadero.

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  7. Matthew says:

    At least the fences are preventing people from jaywalking across Castro. They are forced to go to the end of the street and cross at the actual crosswalks.

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  8. Matthew says:

    URGENT: Stores/resturants on the side of the street with the fence and broken sidewalk are experiencing a HUGE drop in sales. And this is only a week or two in. Bars are also experiencing a drop in customers. Please support these businesses! We don’t want a brand new sidewalk with all empty stores.

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    • Peter says:

      Although if Osaka — where I got food poisoning once, and which has a 59% food safety score — were to disappear, I for one wouldn’t mind.

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  9. Ron Winter says:

    Let’s be clear, folks. They’re not “beautifying” Castro Street for existing queer residents and visitors. They’re making it more desirable for the future, mostly straight, residents. This is all about real estate speculation and driving the remaining low and middle-class people from the Castro so that a few speculators can make huge profits (just look at Valencia Street). In a few years, the Castro will no longer be a gay neighborhood. All that will be left is a fossilized gay culture memorialized by rainbow crosswalks and sidewalk inscriptions.

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    • rblack says:

      I think the having Magnet, Stonewall Project, and Stop AIDS project in the old Superstar building is a pretty big exclamation point that the Castro is the gay neighborhood.

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