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Brannan Street Wharf Update – Public Meeting

If you want a chance to hear the latest on the proposed park along The Embarcadero between Bryant and Townsend Streets, you should attend this San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission public meeting on July 6th at 6:30pm at 50 California Street, 26th floor (Suite 2600). Looks like they’re also going to talk about the relocation of the Exploratorium to Piers 15/17 north of the Ferry Building too … also interesting!

San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Design Review Board
July 6, 2009
BCDC Conference Room
50 California Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco
6:30 p.m.

1. Call to Order

2. Approval of Draft Minutes for the June 8, 2009

3. Brannan Street Wharf – Embarcadero Promenade Between Pier 30-32 and Pier 38, City and County of San Francisco (Fourth Review)
BCDC’s Design Review Board (DRB) and the Port of San Francisco’s Waterfront Design Advisory Committee (WDAC) will hold a public hearing on a proposal for a new public plaza along the Embarcadero in San Francisco. The Brannan Street Wharf would be a new open space defining the center of the South Beach neighborhood, located on the Embarcadero Promenade between Pier 30-32 and Pier 38. It would replace the dilapidated Piers 34 and 36 and provide 57,000 square feet of new pier extending out over the water.

The DRB/WDAC last reviewed this project on December 9, 2002. The project presentation will include an update on the progress and latest design considerations that have been made since 2002.
(Ming Yeung) [415/352-3616]

4. Update and Briefing on the Exploratorium Relocation Project, Observatory Building Changes – Piers 15 and 17, City and County of San Francisco (Seventh Review)
BCDC’s Design Review Board (DRB) and the Port of San Francisco’s Waterfront Design Advisory Committee (WDAC) will hold a public hearing on an update and briefing by the Exploratorium on design changes to the Observatory building at the east end of the new Exploratorium Relocation Project, located at Piers 15 and 17 on the San Francisco waterfront. The changes are in response to ongoing discussions with the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) and the National Park Service (NPS). Based on OHP and NPS feedback, the Observatory has been redesigned to appear more as a separate structure from Pier 15. The roof of the Observatory would no longer overlap the roof of Pier 15 but would be connected by a one-story “neck” that is differentiated by both building massing and materials. The northern end of the Observatory, closest to Pier 17, would remain a two-story structure but the same 60-foot-wide view and access corridor between the Pier 17 shed and the Observatory would remain. The rooftop Observatory has been eliminated from the second floor roof but a portion of the rooftop Observatory would be placed on the roof of the one-story portion of the structure to become a continuation of the interior event space. The material palette and modern aesthetic would be similar to the metal, glass and concrete design previously presented to the DRB/WDAC. The design details are still being determined in consultation with OHP and NPS but would be compatible with the Pier 15 historic resource.
(Ming Yeung) [415/352-3616]
5. Adjournment

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