In case you aren't tuned into City Planning and Architectural Preservation news, the SFBG has a new piece about the battle surrounding the possible demolition of 113 Steuart Street, which once housed the Longshoremen's union during a historic labor strike in 1934. It seems the developer hired preservationist architects Page & Turnbull to write up an assessment of the property which failed to mention anything about the historic strike or the events that took place there, and it was only after Supervisor Aaron Peskin and preservation activists researched the building themselves that Page & Turnbull amended their report. The Guardian asserts that this was a primary reason why the Board of Supes voted to reject Newsom's nomination of one of P&T's principals, Ruth Todd, to the city's Historic Preservation Commission.
The new development proposed for the property, 110 The Embarcadero, would be a 10-12 story high-rise with the highest level of LEED certification for green building standards.
There's always going to be someone who doesn't want to see an old building demolished, but reading the piece, we can't help but think neighborhood activists in this case seem to be rallying behind a historic connection because they don't want their views obstructed by a new high-rise. Decide for yourself, or if you have a personal interest, show up for the community-led meeting scheduled for June 24 at the current longshoremen's union headquarters at 4 Berry Street.