The Likely Fate of San Francisco’s Prominent Piers 30-32

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While the Port of San Francisco is in the process of updating its Waterfront Land Use Plan and examining potential uses for the City’s prominent Piers 30-32, the 13-acre site is likely to remain a deteriorating parking lot with sweeping Bay views for at least another decade, and possibly two or three…

But with minimal structural repairs every five years, the Port estimates the existing piers and use could last another 20 to 30 years, which would cost an estimated $6 million in Capital Costs but yield a 350 percent return on that investment.

And given the numbers above, unless a “big idea” emerges, “where location matters much more than cost” and which is sponsored by a development partner “who is willing to obtain state legislation authorizing their project and has the patience to navigate a complicated State and City regulatory process,” the Piers 30-32 site could very well look the same in 20 to 30 years as it does today.

Well, it could look somewhat the same in two to three decades. For even with a bit of periodic maintenance, portions of Piers 30-32 will likely start to fail in 5 or 10 years, at which point Port engineers would simply barricade the failed areas. And of course, all bets are off if – or rather when – there’s a moderate to major earthquake… (more)

Could this be a staging ground for a pilot project for a Muni transit hub since parking is the only use planned? It’s not that far from the bridge.

 

 

Plan would add 64 parking spaces at Ferry Building

: bizjournals.com – excerpt

A 64-space weekday parking lot would be created on the plaza next to the Ferry building under a proposal being floated by operator Equity Office Properties and the Port of San Francisco.
The new parking, which merchants say is sorely needed, would be part of a broader plan to activate the plaza. In addition to parking, the plaza would become home to events like ice cream fairs, harvest festivals, and antique flea markets. Two-hour parking would be allowed there from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The plan, set to be discussed today in front of the Port Commission, is an effort by EOP to generate more revenue from the gourmet food hall, which does not break even despite attracting more than 1 million visitors a year… (more)

Is the Port Commission rethinking their anti-car attitude as their up-scale tenants demand more parking? Will merchants in other neighborhoods demand the same consideration?

 

8 Washington opponents seeking to delay decision

By: Joshua Sabatini : SFexaminer – excerpt

Opponents of the proposed 8 Washington luxury condo development are calling on a state commission to postpone a vote on a crucial land exchange agreement that the project hinges upon.

The State Lands Commission is scheduled to vote Tuesday on an exchange that would allow developer Simon Snellgrove to develop his 134-unit project on Seawall Lot 351 and the adjacent privately held land. The agreement would swap the state’s public trust oversight of the public property for oversight of other Port lands.

The opposition is not surprising. Project opponents recently collected enough voter signatures to request a referendum seeking to overturn the project. As a result, the Board of Supervisors must re-vote in September on the project’s height increase. If approved, the project would go before the voters in November 2013, halting the project until then…
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One suit hinges on parking rights agreed to in a signed contract.