Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bayshore corridor makeover

If you can’t see the street sign in this picture, you may not know you are looking at Bayshore Boulevard from a point near Cortland. The landmark Goodman Lumber sign is gone, along with the building it was attached to.

Recent demolition is to make way for new construction, a Lowes Home and Garden Center that broke ground after the site went empty for nine years. Home Depot planned to build on the site, but withdrew after the economic downturn and resistance from Bernal Heights residents.

Lowes claims the store will create 200 permanent new jobs, half of which are promised to Bayview Hunters Point residents, and another 25 percent to other residents in the surrounding area. The chain store is also expected to give $750,000 to the City’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and $100,000 toward the building of a center for training day laborers.

photo credit: Betcher

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