Progress & Updates
November 2013 Update
Work is proceeding at a rapid pace both inside and outside the building. The roof and walls are pretty much in place, which will provide good shelter from the upcoming rains. We expect the building to be weather-tight by November 8th. Currently workers are putting up the insulation sheathing and aluminum framing that will hold the building façade in place. Below are a few answers to questions that have been asked about the project:
Q: How many stories will the building be? It looks like three stories.
A: The building is only two stories. The framing in the middle at the top makes it look like three stories, but will be a decorative façade that will hide air conditioning and heating equipment.
Q: Why is the building right on Mission Street? It seems kind of imposing.
A: We designed this building in accordance with the Mission Street Design Plan established many years ago and required by the Santa Cruz Planning Department. The Plan specifies newly designed buildings be on Mission Street and the parking lot behind.
Q: What is the status of the traffic calming measures on Laurent and Van Ness?
A: One of the unintended consequences of the street closure at the Mission end of Laurent and Van Ness is what to do about the semi-truck deliveries to the existing Westside Pharmacy. Over the past two weeks, Santa Cruz City Public Works, Laurent Neighbors, PAMF and the owner of the pharmacy have met to see what can be done since this is creating an unsafe traffic condition. Some suggestions under consideration include redirecting semi-truck ingress and egress and possibly cutting through the PAMF parking lot. We will know more in a week or two.
Q: What is the status of the relocation of PG&E power pole on Laurent Street?
A: Work on removing and relocating the Laurent St. power pole should being around November 21st and the switch to the new hook-up around January 7th. Keep in mind any storm related power issues will likely cause delays to this schedule.