Central Subway: North Beach Merchants Lawyer Up, Fire Legal Salvo (Update)

In a possible precursor to a lawsuit directed at the controversial Central Subway project, the North Beach Business Association has hired a lawyer to fire off a “demand letter” to Muni. Attorney Susan Brandt-Hawley's brief note puts two options on the city's plate:

A. Immediately cease the planned construction of a 2,000-foot tunnel to extract tunnel-boring machines from a massive hole on Columbus between Union and Filbert until conducting extensive environmental reviews, or 

B. Face the legal consequences.

“We will do whatever we can to stop this extraction plan,” says Dan Macchiarini, an NBBA board member. “Whatever it takes — we will go to the limit and people will come forward with the funding.”

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