June 1st, 2017 - Notice of Public Hearing and Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Report: Biosolids Digester Facilities Project

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

AND AVAILABILITY OF A DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT

 

Hearing Date:      Thursday, June 1, 2017
Time:                    Not before 10:00 AM 
Location:              City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400
Case Type:            Environmental (Draft Environmental Impact Report)

Hearing Body:     Planning Commission

 

Property Information    Application Information             
​Project Address:      750 Phelps Street, 1700 Jerrold Avenue, 1800 Jerrold Avenue, and 1801 Jerrold Avenue, San Francisco

Cross Street(s):         Jerrold Avenue/Phelps Street

Block /Lot No.:        5262/009; 5281/001

Zoning District(s):  P (Public Facilities); M-1 (Light Industrial);
M-2 (Industrial)

Plan Area:     Bayview Hunters Point

​Case No.: 2015-000644ENV
Building Permit: Not Applicable
Applicant/Agent: SFPUC
Karen Frye, Environmental Project Manager
Telephone: 415-554-1652
E-Mail: kfrye@sfwater.org

 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

 

A draft environmental impact report (EIR) has been prepared by the San Francisco Planning Department in connection with this project.

 

The project sponsor, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), proposes to construct new solids treatment, odor control, energy recovery, and associated facilities as part of improvements to the wastewater treatment facilities at the existing Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant (SEP) in San Francisco. The proposed project, the Biosolids Digester Facilities Project (BDFP or project), would replace the existing solids treatment facilities with more reliable, efficient, and modern technologies and facilities. Biosolids are the recyclable solid materials removed from the wastewater during the treatment process, and digesters are the major facility used in the solids treatment process. The project would replace the existing digesters with new digesters and other new facilities that would produce higher-quality biosolids, capture and treat odors, and maximize digester gas utilization and energy recovery for the production of heat, steam, and electrical power. Nine structures, totaling about 136,000 square feet of building area, all of which are less than 65 feet tall, would be demolished at the project site and construction staging areas. The structures to be demolished were built between 1952 and 2009. The project would construct 22 above- and below-ground facilities on about 206,000 square feet of the project site. The tallest new buildings would be 65 feet tall; the tallest new structure, an exhaust stack, would be 75 feet tall. The SFPUC anticipates that project construction would require five years to complete, from 2018 through 2023, followed by performance testing and full facility commissioning, anticipated to be completed in 2025.

The project site is located in the southeast part of San Francisco, bordered by a freight rail spur and the Caltrain right-of-way on the west, Rankin Street on the northwest, and the existing SEP on the northeast, east, and southeast. The project facilities would be situated on portions of the SEP located at 750 Phelps Street and 1700 Jerrold Avenue, and two adjacent properties at 1800 Jerrold Avenue and 1801 Jerrold Avenue. The project site encompasses approximately 562,600 square feet (13 acres). The project would require temporary use of other off-site locations for construction staging and construction employee parking. The BDFP would require up to 12 acres for construction staging at one or more sites in addition to the project site itself; sites under consideration include the Southeast Greenhouses site at 1150 Phelps Street, 1550 Evans Avenue, and portions of Piers 94, 96, and the Pier 94 Backlands. Staging would also occur on a temporarily closed segment of Jerrold Avenue and permanently closed segment of Quint Street.

 

The project site is included on the following list compiled pursuant to Section 65962.5 of the California Government Code.

List Regulatory Identification 
Number
Address of 
Listed Site
Assessor’s Block/Lot(s) Date of List
Historic Cortese List 38-1311 1701 Jerrold Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94124 5280/001 April 8, 2009
Historic Cortese List 38-0253
2 386010001
750 Phelps Street, San Francisco, CA 94124 5262/009 April 8, 2009

 

Draft EIR: The Draft EIR finds that implementation of the proposed project would lead to significant unavoidable project-level and cumulative impacts to historic architectural resources and air quality.  The Draft EIR, including a detailed project description, is available for public review and comment on the Planning Department’s website at http://sf-planning.org/sfpuc-negative-declarations-eirs.

The purpose of the public hearing is for the Planning Commission and Department staff to receive comments on the adequacy of the EIR. The Planning Commission will not respond to any of the comments or take action on the project at this hearing. Certification of the Final EIR will be considered at a later hearing. Contact the planner below if you wish to be on the mailing list for future notices.

Public comments on the Draft EIR will be accepted from May, 4, 2017 to 5:00 p.m. on June, 19, 2017.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON THE EIR PLEASE CONTACT:
Planner: Timothy Johnston; Telephone: (415) 575-9035; E-Mail: timothy.johnston@sfgov.org

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PROCEDURES

Members of the public are not required to provide personal identifying information when they communicate with the Commission or the Department. All written or oral communications, including submitted personal contact information, may be made available to the public for inspection and copying upon request and may appear on the Department’s website or in other public documents.

Only commenters on the Draft EIR will be permitted to file an appeal of the certification of the Final EIR to the Board of Supervisors.

CDs and paper copies of the Draft EIR are available at the Planning Information Center (PIC) counter on the first floor of 1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, and referenced materials are available for review at the San Francisco Planning Department offices at 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco. Written comments should be addressed to Timothy Johnston, San Francisco Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103, faxed to 415-558-6409, or emailed to timothy.johnston@sfgov.org. Comments received at the public hearing and in writing will be responded to in a Draft EIR Responses to Comment (RTC) document.

 

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