San Francisco’s Board of Supervisor recently voted unanimously to support the development of Pier 70 and an excellent exit strategy for city workers who served the old Hall of Justice. Pier 70 has been under preparation for decades. The project will transform 35 acres of the wrecked dockyard into state-of-the-art facilities that include a commercial space, houses, art studios, and waterfront parks. Forest City is the company that will be in charge of the development of the Pier 70. According to the senior VP of the firm, Jack Sylvan, the community is glad that the project has been approved since many people have worked for it.
The decision of the board was a win for the workers of the Hall of Justice since it authorized a lease for the new premises at 350 Rhode Island Street. Before the vote, Supervisors Aaron Peskin, Ahsha Safai, and London Breed had discredited the arrangements by arguing that the city could save a lot of money by acquiring new buildings instead of paying $150 million to rent the Rhode Island Street building for 15 years. The deal was highly supported by the city’s law enforcement staff and the San Francisco Labor Council, which is the organization that represents public servants.
Individuals who worked at the Hall of Justice, which was established 59 years ago, have been complaining for decades about its condition. Employees and inmates at the facility had been affected by leakage of raw sewage, blackouts, exposure to asbestos, broken elevators, and flooding. According to a report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s hazard analysis software, over 100 people could lose the lives at the facility if a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the San Andreas fault. A considerable percentage of supervisors were against the lease, but none of them was willing to defy the will of city employees.