May 5, 2008 Design Review Board Meeting

6:30 p.m.
May 5, 2008
BCDC Conference Room
50 California Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco

Tentative Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Draft Minutes for April 7, 2008 Meeting
  3. Exploratorium Relocation Project - Piers 15 and 17, City and County of San Francisco (Third Focused Review) (Ming Yeung) [415/352-3616]

    The Design Review Board will hold a public hearing on a proposal to relocate the Exploratorium from the Palace of Fine Arts to Piers 15 and 17 at the San Francisco waterfront. The proposed project site is located near the intersection of Green Street and the Embarcadero Promenade, between Piers 9 and 19 in the City and County of San Francisco. The proposed project would involve repair, renovation and seismic upgrades to the Pier 15 substructure, shed and bulkhead building to house the Exploratorium, removal of a portion of the paved parking area between Piers 15 and 17 and an existing structure shack to create an open water area and "courtyard", and the removal of an existing connector building at the east end of the piers and the construction of a new building in its place. The proposed public access includes an approximately 29,750-square-foot entrance area from the Embarcadero into the courtyard plaza, an approximately 32,100-square-foot-area within the courtyard and along the south and east pier aprons, and an approximately 10,520-square-foot enclosed "Bayside History Walk" to showcase the internal structure of the Pier 15 bulkhead and pier shed. This third public hearing on the project will focus on revisions to the proposed public access areas, circulation, views, and design of the proposed structures, in response to comments by the Board during the first review of the project.

  4. Sidewalk "Bulb-Out" Removal - Piers 33 and 35, City and County of San Francisco (First Abbreviated Review) (Brad McCrea) [415-352-3615] The Design Review Board will hold a public hearing on a proposal to remove the widened portion of the Embarcadero Promenade between Piers 33 and 35 to more effectively accommodate vehicle pick-up and drop-off associated with cruise ship operations. Piers 33 and 35 are located in the City and County of San Francisco along the San Francisco waterfront. Pier 35 operates as San Francisco's main cruise terminal. For all cruise ship calls, the majority of cruise ship travelers come to Pier 35 by private automobile. As a result, taxis and tour buses visiting Piers 33 and 35 during ship calls are often forced to occupy the vehicular travel lane along the Embarcadero. The removal of the sidewalk "bulb-out" at Pier 33 would create a continuous loading and unloading lane from Piers 33 to 35, separated only by the existing driveways. At the May 5, 2008 meeting, the BCDC Design Review Board will review this project in light of the public access impacts, if any, that may be generated by the reduced width of the public sidewalk. Exhibits depicting the proposal will be made available at the May 5th meeting.
  5. Adjournment

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