Then 12 years ago - after the wheeling and dealing - the SF Planning Department, the then failing Department of Building Inspection, the then Mayor Gavin Newsom - were bragging about - this tall building - one of many " ugly " skyscrapers - the many questions asked - were thrown to the wind.
We are all waiting for the " Big One " - and when it strikes - our tall buildings - be better prepared - or else.
The rich and filthy all lined up to enjoy the glorious views - photographs with views were advertised in specially created brochures.
The filthy rich folks from round the world - paid big money - often hard cash - to be one of the first to live in the Millennium Tower.
In select brochures - you could view the many condominiums - the better ones - fetching higher prices - as high as $10 million.
The one above is just one of the many - views - from the Millennium Tower.
The rich and ugly those that do not care about living and flouting their wealth - make their abode in the Millennium Tower. - even though - it is now sinking.
Then the City and County of San Francisco - working with the Transbay Transit Center - a $5 Billion plus project - decided to be a neighbor to the Millennium Tower.
Daily the foundation and the tower was bombarded my vibrations - that have resulted in the issues - we are dealing today.
Some 8 years ago - some structural engineers - all favoring the Tranbay Transit Center - conducted some studies. They declared - taking a big risk - that all was well.
All was NOT well - when some of them knew - that their judgement was not a good one in this case.
The problem - the main issue at hand - this particular site and land prone to severe liquefaction and flooding - once part of the Bay - had too many unknowns.
Of course the Environmental Impact Reports were there to read and evaluate. But also some focused studies on 301 Mission Street the location of the Millennium Tower - conducted some 7 years ago.
Buildings - a quarter mile from the large Transbay Transit Center - a very big hole in the ground - a Transit Hub - just next door to the Millennium Tower - suffered the most.
Constant vibrations - at a depth closer to the foundations of the Millennium Tower - has unsettled the ground rapidly.
More - considering the Millennium Tower is 58 story tower - the adverse impacts - were severe - being just a few hundred feet from the Transbay Transit Center - where for a long time - a very large hole was created - then filled with rebar and concrete - the size of two football fields.
Some six months ago - some one contacted me - and told me that the Millennium Tower had sunk 16 inches and tilted 2 inches.
In the course of many years - I have read some about tall buildings - all over the world . For a comparable building - some 6 inches - sinking or settling - over a life time - may be accepted - but NOT 16 inches.
We may have to name the Millennium Tower - to Frisco's Tilting and Sinking Tower - the home of the rich and famous.
Some independent structural studies - must be done quickly - to see - if after all these years - some proven mitigation - can prop the building - and other solutions found to stabilize
It is becoming fashionable to build - skyscrapers in San Francisco - moving in the direction on Manhattan - we should STOP building these " match box structures " - and there is one up and coming the SalesForce building - even taller and built on land - that is prone to severe liquefaction.
This is Ohlone land - every square inch stolen - and it is time - we STOP building these skyscrapers - now. Stop the " Greed" - and the invasion of condominiums for the rich and famous - more Summer Condominiums - enriching AirB&B.
Mayor Edwin M. Lee was the City Administrator - when the Millennium Tower went up.
He was involved in many of the deliberations.
Much like the present City Administrator - Naomi Kelly - is involved with the Transbay Transit Center - and it many fiscal issues.
Recently we witnessed the firing of Maria Ayerdi- Kaplan who was the Director of the Transbay Transit Center.
In my humble opinion the Transbay Transit Center - bears responsibility for the adverse impacts - linked to the Millennium Towers.
The Transbay Transit Center - has adversely impacted hundreds of other smaller buildings - with no compensation in sight.
Loud noises - vibrations - leading to cracks in the walls - in many of the store fronts and near by buildings - for years.
Today the Transbay Transit Center - is facing some serious fiscal issues - its budget increased by leaps and bound. Aho.