The San Francisco City Attorney, Dennis Herrera, has filed suit against Millennium Partners, alleging that the development team knew, and didn’t adequately disclose, that the 58-story Millennium Tower at 301 Mission Street was sinking further and faster than expected prior to opening its sales office.
According to an investigation by the City Attorney’s Office, the development team knew that the tower had already settled almost 6 inches by the time it was completed in early 2008. And by early 2009, the tower had settled 8.3 inches and was starting to tilt.
The tower has since settled a total of 16 inches with a two-inch tilt. A settlement of six inches, over the lifetime of the tower, was the maximum originally predicted by the project’s geotechnical engineer.
All that being said, there are no indications that the tower is unsafe and Millennium Partners is pointing the finger directly at the Transbay Joint Powers Authority and adjacent Transbay Transit Center development, which broke ground in 2010, for accelerating and exacerbating the tower’s settlement.
Homeowners at 301 Mission Street filed suit against the Transbay Joint Powers Authority and the City and County of San Francisco on August 17. Today’s suit is a cross-complaint, with the city seeking damages from the developer, “as the court deems appropriate.”