Muni’s plans for Pagoda Palace pushed back a week following stalled lease talks 

Subway equipment might be stored at the Pagoda Palace. - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
  • S.F. Examiner File Photo
  • Subway equipment might be stored at the Pagoda Palace.

Approval of Muni’s plans to bring up its Central Subway boring equipment at an abandoned theater in North Beach was pushed back at least a week.

The transit agency is in talks with the owner of the Pagoda Palace to lease out the site of the theater for two years. The two sides have been involved in talks for months, but so far they have yet to agree on terms.

As a result, a proposal to create a special-use district that was up for approval at the Planning Commission on Thursday had to be continued. As part of the lease deal, The City agreed to create special zoning provisions at the site for future development projects. However, that deal is contingent on a lease deal between Muni and the building’s owner, Joel Campos.

Both Muni and Campos’ representatives said a deal is looming. Until one is reached, The City’s approval process will have to be pushed back. Along with continuing the special-use proposal to the Planning Commission meeting next Thursday, a hearing on the plan scheduled for the Board of Supervisors land use committee will also be pushed back a week.

Muni had originally planned on bringing up equipment from its $1.6 billion transit extension project through Columbus Avenue. After community backlash, the agency agreed to move the extraction site to the Pagoda Palace.

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