Neighborhood Happenings – September

  • 88 Broadway Family Building/735 Davis St Senior Building: Cahill  Construction continues this month at 88 Broadway (6 stories, 130 units for families), and 735 Davis (4 stories, 52 units for seniors) with expected completion in the First Quarter of 2021 and the Fourth Quarter of 2020 respectively.  Foundation piles will be drilled instead of driven, which should limit construction noise.  Normal work hours will be 7 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Please note Cahill has a street space permit that is valid for 24/7 around the perimeter of the site to occupy the parking lane for the streets that border the site on Broadway, Front &  Vallejo, and Davis St.  This is required for staging materials, setting up equipment, delivery trucks, dumpster, etc.  Parking will not be available along these streets.  Address questions or concerns to
  • 447 Battery: This is the existing 3-story red brick building where Cort Furniture is now.  The owners propose to keep the existing facade, and build a new 18-story 200-foot hotel with 198 rooms, and restaurants on the ground floor and 18th floor, and a POPOS (privately owned, publicly accessible open space) along Merchant.  An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is reportedly available for review and comment on the Planning Department’s negative declarations and EIRs web page at:  The Planning Department contact person for this project is Rachel Schuett (415) 575-9030,
  • What to Expect During Construction in Your Neighborhood: Building construction can occur during the hours of 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, seven days a week, including holidays. Special permits, such as Night Noise Permits, are required for construction work that occurs past 8pm. Visit SFDBI webpage on Night Noise Permits for more information – NOISE COMPLAINTS Any work done before or after these hours must not exceed the noise level of five decibels at the nearest lot line unless a special permit has been granted to allow this. Five decibels is similar to the sound of a screw gun installing screws in drywall. Construction related noise complaints may be directed to DBI Inspection Services at (415) 558-6570. Construction related noise complaints beyond the allowed hours should be directed to your local police station. You may also file noise complaints with SF311 – | Dial 3-1-1 (within SF) or 415-701-2311 (TTY 415-701-2323).  ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY If you suspect illegal construction activity or work without permits, first check to see if they have valid permits using our Online Permit & Complaint Tracking System – If no current permits are listed, you may file a complaint online or call DBI Inspection Services at (415) 558-6570 during normal business hours (7:30am-5:00pm). When filing a complaint, please provide a valid property address and information on the type of work being done. Complaints made outside of normal business hours may be directed to SF311 – |Dial 3-1-1 (within SF) or 415-701-2311 (TTY 415-701-2323).
  • Teatro ZinZanni:  On September 10th, the Port Commission approved the long-term lease for the Teatro ZinZanni hotel and dinner theater at Broadway and the Embarcadero.  Now the project goes to the Board of Supervisors for approval in late September and/or October.  Background: Representatives of GGTA and the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association (BCNA) appeared before the SF Planning Commission on May 2nd and spoke in support of the Teatro ZinZanni project. The project includes a 192-room hotel with restaurant, and a 285-seat dinner theater in a glass-enclosed circus tent, and complies with the existing 4-story height limit.  The Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for the TZ project.  The approvals process is continuing, and construction is expected to begin in 2020.  Like 88 Broadway, foundation piles will be drilled instead of driven, which should limit construction noise.
  • Seawall Project: Last November SF voters passed a general obligation bond in the amount of $425,000,000 to begin restoring or replacing three miles of our Embarcadero Seawall, from Fisherman’s Wharf to Mission Creek.  Work is in the planning stages.  First repairs are expected to be complete by 2026.  The Port will host 45-minute seawall walking tours .  For detailed information, check the Port website at then click on “seawall”, then click on “embarcadero resilience”.