Makeovers are not only applicable to people. The process of redevelopment or restoration are also done on structures like houses, office buildings and schools. Now, reports say that a momentous redevelopment project is on the way. It is going to take place in one of the most historic piers in San Francisco.
Critics mention that the said renovation will not only provide jobs, it will also create a bold impact on the fourth most populous city in California.
Infrastructure developers such as the Forest City Realty Trust Incorporated has innovative plans for California. The real estate company has been eyeing to redevelop Pier 70 for almost 10 years. The Forest City has recently received good news. They were able to launch works for revamping the famous waterfront in San Francisco.
Jack Sylvan is the Senior Vice President of the Forest City. He said, “Along the waterfront, imagine people dining at restaurants and bars, and a cultural arts building that opens up to an expansive lawn where residents are enjoying a concert. Meanwhile, people lounge on oversized porch swings taking in views of the Bay Bridge and downtown San Francisco.”
Works for the historic waterfront will require an estimated amount of $2 billion. The project will also go through three phases and will take 15 to 20 years to finish. Moreover, it will create more than 10,000 construction jobs.
The futuristic plans for Pier 70 will include 1,100 to 2,150 residential units, nine acres of open space and new parks. It will also have 900,000 to 1.75 million square feet of commercial space and 90,000 square feet artist studio space. In addition, Pier 70 will have broad transportation management program and 12,000 employees.
The project also aims to restore three famous structures in Pier 70 including Building 12. Forest City will try to bring back the elegance of the said structure. The Port of San Francisco will assist the Forest City in the revamping project.
As the Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco, Elaine Forbes believes so much in the project. According to her, “This project will provide long-term value for the city and its residents.”
A Glimpse of What Is To Come
There will be no redevelopment without a new design plan. However, when it comes to Pier 70, James Corner, Field Operations got it all covered. Reports suggested that the new waterfront parks have state-of-the-art designs.
The new Pier 70 will have many open spaces. It is going to feature various public arts from large steel frames to meadow plantings. The construction design will play a vital role not just in the park’s aesthetic but to people’s safety as well.
Because the pier is near the shoreline, James Corner Field Operations made sure that the structure would have protections against potential water rise. They planned to raise the grade of Pier 70 and elevate Building 12.
There is still no official date for the completion of Phase 1. However, officials did say that they expect the first stage of work to finish in 2021 or 2022.
Pier 70 may be a historic waterfront but it already needs a total makeover. Forest City and all its project partners are making sure that they do an exemplary job. They want to modernize and innovate the pier but at the same time, preserve its historic elements.