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EIR and Initial Study of Pier 36 and Brannan Street Wharf Project

The Port of San Francisco announced the beginning of an Environmental Impact Review (EIR) and Initial Study of the Pier 36 and Brannan Street Wharf Project. This is the fenced off area between Red’s Java House and the WordPress  headquarters at Pier 38.  If you attended the September 2009 Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association meeting, you may recall Dan Hodapp, Project Planner for the Port, reviewed the plans with us and answered questions. The process actually began about 10 years ago, but seems to be gathering steam to move forward more substantively now …

The Port of San Francisco is planning to construct the Brannan Street Wharf, a $25 million public park project located along the waterfront, between Brannan and Townsend Streets. The project requires the demolition of Pier 36 and a portion of the wharf that runs parallel to The Embarcadero Promenade. The Port is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to coordinate on the construction of the project. It is anticipated that the Army Corps will be responsible for the demolition work, and the Port will be responsible for new construction of the park.

The park project and design has been the subject of numerous public and community meetings within the South Beach neighborhood as well as the Port Commission and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC). Details about the park design are available for public review on the Port’s website:

http://www.sfgov.org/site/port_page.asp?id=34924

As part of the regulatory review and approvals required for the project, the Brannan Street Wharf must complete environmental review before public approval actions to proceed to construction. The attached notice pertains to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements for this project, which are administered by the San Francisco Planning Department. The Planning Department has completed its review of most of the environmental issues, as documented in the Brannan Street Wharf Initial Study, which is available for public review. Two topics require further analysis in an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), for which the Planning Department has issued the attached “Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report”: Historic and Archaeological Resources, and Biological Resources.

For questions regarding the CEQA environmental review process, please contact Chelsea Fordham, San Francisco Planning Department EIR Coordinator, Chelsea.Fordham@sfgov.org, 415/575-9071.

For questions regarding the Port’s efforts to design and implement the Brannan Street Wharf project, please contact Steven Reel, Project Manager, Steven.Reel@sfport.com, 415/274-0574; or Diane Oshima, Waterfront Planning Director, Diane.Oshima@sfport.com, 415/274-0553.

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