Demolition Brings New 57,000 Square Foot Brannan Street Wharf Public Park to South Beach Waterfront Neighborhood
—Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the Port of San Francisco today announced the beginning of the demolition of Pier 36 and the Bulkhead Wharf between Piers 30-32 and 38 to prepare for the June 2012 beginning construction of the new Brannan Street Wharf along the City’s waterfront in the South Beach neighborhood.
“The Brannan Street Wharf project is another great example of how San Francisco is leveraging the resources, energy and excitement of the 34th America’s Cup for jobs and public benefits in our City,” said Mayor Lee. “We are already creating jobs in San Francisco, upgrading our investment in infrastructure and enhancing public recreation spaces along our iconic Embarcadero as we prepare our waterfront for the upcoming America’s Cup races.”
“Demolition of the deteriorated Pier 36 not only removes navigation and environmental hazards, but opens the door for enhancing the connections between San Franciscans and our beautiful waterfront,” said Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “The Brannan Street Wharf, with its public spaces and new park, will become another jewel along our Embarcadero and I have been proud to fight for federal resources to ensure this success.”
The removal of Pier 36 and the deteriorated Bulkhead Wharf is required prior to construction of the Brannan Street Wharf. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has begun demolition of Pier 36 and the adjoining wharf between Piers 30-32 and Pier 38 on The Embarcadero. Demolition work is expected to continue through June 2012.
“We are very pleased to announce that the construction of the Brannan Street Wharf public open space project will soon begin,” said Port Commission President Doreen Woo Ho. “On behalf of the Port Commission, I want to acknowledge the hard work and perseverance of so many community members and to thank our funding partners for making this long awaited public benefit a reality.”
The Brannan Street Wharf will be a major new open space over the water in the heart of the South Beach neighborhood. Located on the Embarcadero Promenade between Pier 30-32 and Pier 38, and replacing Piers 34 and 36, the Wharf will provide 57,000 square feet of new open space along its 830-foot length. In addition to seating, viewing and plaza spaces, the Brannan Street Wharf will feature a one-half acre neighborhood lawn and interpretive exhibits featuring labor history and immigration.
The Port and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) both called for the development of the Brannan Street Wharf when these two agencies reached an historic agreement in 2000, establishing consistent policies for the San Francisco waterfront. The Port working with BCDC and a 23-member citizen advisory committee developed a concept design for the Wharf.
“Those of us who live here are unbelievably excited to see work finally begin towards the realization of the Brannan Street Wharf,” said South Beach-Rincon-Mission Bay Neighborhood Association member Katy Liddell. “Now that Pier 36 is being taken down, we see visual proof of this project going forward. We couldn’t be happier.”
The Brannan Street Wharf is funded through a combination of Port funds, the City’s 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, and the Federal Water Resources Development Act of 2007. The cost of the project, including demolition and construction, is $25.9 million and completion is scheduled for June 2013. The construction project, subject to the Local Hire Ordinance and Local Business Enterprise Subcontracting, will create approximately 150 jobs.
For more information on the Brannan Street Wharf, go to: www.sfport.com/index.aspx?page=262