As the city’s most epic real estate battle begins, there are a few things you should know about the Millennium Tower sink/tilt snafu. After Monday’s news story broke, care of the Chronicle’s Matier and Ross, many of you might still be wondering, "What’s the Millennium Tower? And why should I care?"
Here are ten helpful tidbits you should know about Yerba Buena’s most prestigious high-rise in peril.
- Contrary to the word being tossed around so liberally these days, the Millennium Tower is noted as the most luxurious residential until in San Francisco, arguably all of California.
- The building is filled with moneyed tenants from hero Giants slugger Hunter Pence and, at one time, Joe Montana.
- The 58-story tower has piles driven only into dense sand, not the bedrock, which is why, in part, it tilted and sank ten inches.
- Who doesn’t build into bedrock, seriously?!
- High-rises typically do not settle at this rate; the Petronas Towers (1999), by comparison, sank only two inches
- The building is tilting west and northwest away from the Transit Center, though that’s not visible to the naked eye.
- Millennium Tower has publicly blamed the Transbay Center (TJPA) construction.
- Transbay Center ( has the receipts.
- Neighbors are distancing themselves from the leaning tower.
- Taxpayers could end up paying for the repairs.
And now you know. More to come.
- Millennium Tower is tilting, sinking [Curbed SF]
- Millennium Tower: We were never ‘expected, advised, or required’ to drill into bedrock [Curbed SF]
- Millennium Tower [Curbed SF]
- 181 Fremont issues statement in response to Millennium sinkage: ‘We’re drilled into bedrock’ [Curbed SF]