Letter to Editor: High rises Building Frenzy, a cautionary tale

South San Francisco, CA July 2, 2018  by SSF Resident Linda Gomez (*received June 23rd)

Dear Editor:

With all the high rises San Francisco is building, a second building is showing signs of tilting. The high end Millennial Tower in San Francisco has tilted 17 inches and continues to tilt. Now the FDIC building is showing signs of tilting and not earthquake safe.

Experts say it could be to over crowding of high rises. SSF should be paying attention as the owners at Kilroy at Oyster Point are set to ad 15 new office buildings on that soft ground. Will someone take note and build accordingly? Digging deep to find rock to set pilings does not appear to guarantee high rises building holding steady.

https://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/New-San-Francisco-Tower-Project-Tied-to-Newly-Tilting-FDIC-Building-486303741.html

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NOTE: This Letter to the Editor was received on June 23, 2018 and we apologize for the delay in publishing it

2 comments for “Letter to Editor: High rises Building Frenzy, a cautionary tale

  1. Peggy Deras
    July 2, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Linda,
    I have followed the Millenium Building’s story in the Chronicle since it first was reported. The builder/developer and the architects did not go to bedrock with its supporting structure. Now, with the tilting, they are pointing fingers at the adjacent excavation at the new Transbay Terminal as the cause. Nevertheless, they are now planning to dig to bedrock to install new support, at tremendous costs.
    I don’t know whether the other building, 25 Jessie St, an 18 story tower which has sunk less than 3/8″ has its supports to bedrock or not. It likely does because it was built in the 1980s.

  2. your neighbor
    July 2, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Peggy,
    I was at the first meeting when the new OYP owners, Kirlroy met with boat dwellers in the marina and someone asked how many buildings were going to be built on 600K sq.ft of sand/coastline, they are going to have jam 13,15 lab buildings, although their report to the City said it would be only 11. The City tried to slip a 15 story building at the PUC site. We the citizenry need to watch close they don’t try that at OYP bcz they will. Look at the monstrosity on the San Bruno Mtn. side of 101, the eyesore they built decades ago and the other one next to it.
    Take a ride over to Gateway to the new hotels, and you get claustrophobia, the buildings are so close and hardly any parking. Same with Westborough Square. I get anxiety going to Walgreen’s, the place is packed with new shops and hardly any parking spaces. Who is OKing all this horrible planning? STOP IT Already.

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