WHEN PLANS WERE UNVEILED earlier this year to remake the Shell service station at California and Steiner and add more pumps and a 24-hour Loop food store, neighbors were up in arms. Many decried the prospect of added traffic and “a 7-11 with a salad bar.”
According to city planner Sharon Lai, the project is proceeding, but still awaits an environmental report and further review. She said it is unlikely to come before the Planning Commission until next year.
“It has not moved very swiftly,” Lai said. “There are still outstanding issues to be resolved.”
Much of the opposition to the project was sparked by its elimination of Shell Auto Repair, the garage independently owned and operated by mechanic Doug Fredell. Nearly 200 supporters and customers of the garage have signed a petition opposing the project.
“We’re certainly aware there’s a lot of neighborhood concern,” Lai said, adding that the department’s position is not influenced by public opinion. “The commissioners are the appropriate body to consider comments from the public,” she said. “That’s their job.”
A similar Loop convenience store is being built at the Shell station at Lincoln and 19th Avenue by Golden Gate Park.
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