As a plugged-in reader reports, there’s not much left of the old Jack Tar/Cathedral Hill Hotel and the block should be cleared by the end of the month (click image to enlarge), making room for CPMC’s Cathedral Hill Hospital to rise.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by sf

    Meanwhile, Bay Bridge should be dismantled around the time that Baby George is crowned King..

  2. Posted by inclinejj

    Actually they have to take it down in the opposite order as it was built. They can’t drop anything into the Bay. Actually it is pretty cool to watch them take it down piece by piece. I hope someone does a time lapse video.

  3. Posted by etslee

    About time, the hotel closed in 2009. The whole area suffered as a result of the blight.

  4. Posted by Serge

    sf: Apples to oranges. You can’t just bulldoze the bridge. It’s said that they aren’t allowed to drop a single thing into the bay; whether it is a steel beam or a small bolt. As inclinejj said, it has to be taken down in reverse order.

  5. Posted by TinyTim

    I have posed this question before on various sites and never seen an answer: Will emergency vehicles be unable to get through traffic to the hospital when there’s gridlock on both Van Ness and Franklin?

  6. Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

    ^^^ Not sure but are there streets other than Van Ness or Franklin bounding this city block that could be used if those two streets are congested?

  7. Posted by gribble

    The hospitals at Mission Bay will not be trauma centers. One will be a children’s hospital and the other a women’s health hospital.
    There is a helipad.
    I am pretty sure emergency vehicles will still be routed to SF General.

  8. Posted by conifer

    Did the Concordia club across Van Ness sell its building?

  9. Posted by Anon

    Tiny Tim, Franklin is seldom an issue. I can see this site from my window because I live a couple blocks away and Franklin is my regular route home. Franklin (N) and Gough (S) are almost always excellent routes, same for Geary.
    Thank god for one way streets. I never got the point of them until I moved here and observed Van Ness (constant mess) compared to those two efficient, timed streets.

  10. Posted by BTinSF

    Van Ness is shown on maps as State Highway 101 which means non-locals transiting the city don’t know to use the other streets. I think that explains part of the gridlock. The badly times lights explains more of it (SF calls this “traffic calming”; I call it “traffic frustration” and it leads to the epidemic of red light running the city has). Nevertheless, I don’t see the issue of emergency vehicles here as any worse than at St. Francis or other hospitals.
    As for where such vehicles are routed, SF General will still be the one and only trauma center, and trauma victims should still go there. For other conditions such as suspected heart attacks, the “closest hospital” is usually the destination of choice and for much of the city north of market and west of Van Ness that could be California Pacific.

  11. Posted by gribble

    Ignore me above, got confused as to which area we were discussing. I was thinking of the UCSF at Mission Bay hospitals not the CPMC one where Jack Tarr used to be.

  12. Posted by Alai

    As far as Van Ness congestion goes, it seems to me that ambulances will easily be able to use the planned BRT lanes, which will rarely if ever have any congestion.

  13. Posted by Alai

    Here’s an actual video of an ambulance easily bypassing congested traffic on the Embarcadero:

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