Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Corralitas Public Staircase: DWP Digs Up Landing

Photos: Corralitas Neighbors, April 19, 2016.  Today, the DWP dug up a landing on the Corralitas Public Staircase to put in water main connections for a duplex under construction at the top of the public staircase.
Neighbors were advised the DWP would be putting n a water main connection off the public staircase this week.  However we had no idea the DWP would be digging up the public staircase and started sending photos first thing this morning.  We posted the photos to our Twitter feed as soon as we received them. 
According to one neighbor, the DWP dug a trench all the way up the hill, on the opposite side of the public staircase, then crossed under the staircase at the base of the last flight of stairs.  According to the workers on site, they would only be replacing the landing they dug up.
We hope the work doesn't undermine the Corralitas Public Staircase.  The staircase dates to at least 1922 as shown in the Hunter Terrace - Elysian Gardens real estate brochure).  Portions of the staircase are in dire need of repair.  

The two flights at the bottom of the public staircase were rebuilt in 1961, when the state cut deeply  into the hillside for construction of the 2 Freeway.  From 1960 - 1962, Rosebud, Corralitas and the pubic staircase were moved to accommodate freeway construction.