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May 9, 2011 Design Review Board Meeting

May 9, 2011
6:30 p.m.
Port of San Francisco
Pier Conference Room Center
Pier 1, The Embarcadero
San Francisco

Tentative Agenda

  1. Call to Order

  2. James R. Herman Cruise Terminal and Northeast Wharf Plaza – Pier 27, City and County of San Francisco [ adobe 209KB ] (First Review)
    (Ming Yeung) [415/352-3616] Exhibits [ adobe1.8MB ]

    BCDC's Design Review Board and the Port of San Francisco's Waterfront Design Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on a proposal to construct a new cruise ship terminal building and the new Northeast Wharf Plaza, at Pier 27, along the San Francisco waterfront. The project would involve demolishing the existing Pier 27 shed and constructing an approximately 84,500-square-foot, two-story, Cruise Ship Terminal building in its place, an approximately 130,680-square-foot (3-acre) Ground Transportation Area within the “valley” between Piers 27 and 29 to provide vehicular circulation, and an approximately 87,120-square-foot (2.5-acre) public park known as the Northeast Wharf Plaza, at the southeast corner of the site along Herb Caen Way. The components of the Northeast Wharf Plaza include a “Waterfront Edge” that connects the Plaza to the Bay, a hardscape “Main Event Space” for large gatherings, a “Multi-Use Recreation Space” to serve as green open space, the “Embarcadero Edge” to connect the Plaza to the Embarcadero with stepped terraces, and a “Beltline Piazza” containing small shops and spaces, restroom facilities and outdoor seating.

  3. Whaler’s Point Hotel and Spa [ adobe 167 KB ] (First Pre-Application Review)
    (Karen Weiss) [415/352-3669]

    The Design Review Board will hold its first public hearing on a proposal to build a 72-room hotel with a spa, pool, café, office space, parking, public access, and marsh restoration. The proposed project is located at 214 Redwood Highway in an unincorporated portion of Marin County near Highway 101’s Richardson Bay Bridge.

    The proposed development includes: (1) a three-story, 72-room hotel, of which approximately 32 rooms would be within the Commission’s 100-foot shoreline band jurisdiction; (2) a two-story building and a one-story building for commercial and office space on the Southwest side of Bolinas Street; (3) a swimming pool and pool deck; (4) a one-story building with a lobby, spa, café, and public restroom; and (5) approximately 137 parking spaces. Proposed public access improvements include an approximately eight-foot-wide trail with landscaping along the shoreline edge of the site, and an eight-foot-wide elevated boardwalk within the adjacent marsh. The project would also include enhancing existing marsh habitat by excavating, and improving water circulation to unvegetated areas of existing marshland.
    Overall, the proposed project would provide approximately 0.68-acres of public access, and involve placing approximately 1,870 square feet of fill in the Bay for the boardwalk trail.

    Members of the public who are interested in receiving a full project summary may contact Karen Weiss at karenw@bcdc.ca.gov or 415/352-3669. Project materials may also be found on the BCDC website at http://www.bcdc.ca.gov.

  4. Adjournment

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