Property Owners Sue San Francisco Over Sinking Sidewalks

San Francisco Bay

All of the “new occupied buildings in Mission Bay, such as the UCSF campus, the Chase Center and the 6,000 residential units there, are anchored into the bedrock," but "the sidewalks, streets and parks are not, and that's a problem," SF Gate reported.

June 20, 2022
Beverley BevenFlorez – CDJ Staff

Residents of the Mission Bay neighborhood seek “to hold the City of San Francisco responsible for raising up the sinking sidewalks” reported KRON 4. The suit alleges that the city should shoulder the responsibility for the necessary work needed for the infrastructure.

Historically, “the neighborhood around the Chase Center east of Interstate 280 was part of the bay,” according to SF Gate. Later, “the area was filled with dirt and rock and further filled with rubble after the 1906 earthquake.” In 1998, further development took place. All of the “new occupied buildings in Mission Bay, such as the UCSF campus, the Chase Center and the 6,000 residential units there, are anchored into the bedrock," but "the sidewalks, streets and parks are not, and that's a problem.”

"We're not asking for a handout; we're asking for a hand. We want them to step forward and make the repairs that they can actually implement," Scott Mackey, Partner at Berding | Weil, told CBS News. "Everyone understood that it's built on fill and built in an area where there would be some settlement. But, there also is an expectation that when the city turns over the infrastructure that that homeowners and property owners have to maintain, is that it's built correctly - that they're able to maintain it. The homeowners cannot continually chase the differential movement.”

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