8 Washington may hurt sewers, papers say

By John Coté : SFGate.com – excerpt

A politically freighted luxury condominium project near San Francisco’s Ferry Building could threaten the city’s sewer system – both during construction and in the event of a major earthquake – if built as currently planned, city documents show.
The 8 Washington project – which would replace a Port of San Francisco-owned parking lot and a private health club with a 12-story condominium building, rebuilt health club, underground parking garage and other features – would come within 6 feet of a pressurized sewer pipeline and other sewer infrastructure that serve North Beach, the Marina, the Financial District and Chinatown, according to city documents.
Other parts of the sewer system, including two underground vaults and an overflow structure, would also be at risk, according to a Feb. 22 draft report by an outside engineer hired by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.
“These utilities are susceptible to damage … that can be caused by the (8 Washington) construction,” wrote William Bergeson, an engineer with AECOM…

Chiu seeks hearing

The legislation would also clean up and improve several easement issues, Jue said.
“As usual, opponents of the project are trying to conflate issues,” Johnston said.
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who voted against the 8 Washington project, which is in his district, said he will call for a hearing at the board.
“These revelations are deeply troubling,” Chiu said, “and we need to understand why these matters weren’t disclosed earlier.”… (more)


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