Citizen's Advisory Board - December 1, 2015 - Minutes
Treasure Island /Yerba Buena Island
Citizens Advisory Board
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
- Roll Call
The meeting was called to order by Heather Gallagher, Secretary.
See roll-call sheet for full details.
- Reinstatement of Mike DeLane
This item was taken out of order. By a unanimous vote, Mike DeLane was reinstated to the CAB. As Vice Chair, Mike DeLane ran the balance of the meeting in the place of Karen Knowles-Pierce, who was absent.
- Approval of October 6, 2015 CAB Minutes
The minutes were approved with one correction. “Regulators are reviewing the final cleanup plan for the old dry cleaners site 24, Bldg 99.”
- TIDA Staff Updates
- Treasure Island Development Authority Board
TIDA Board met in November. There was an open house before the meeting for the first time with informational boards on the development project. Representatives from TICD and TIMMA were also on hand. All were there to be available to help answer questions. This will likely be done for future November meetings. The Casa is currently scheduled to be demolished by the next Board meeting and another location will be selected.
Oracleworld, Fleet Week, and the Music Festival happened in October. Oracleworld will likely not come back because moving large numbers of people will not be easy during the next phases of construction.
- Nothing to report.
- Development Schedule
Shifted capacity near the ball fields for the stockpile in order to bring on additional soil for geotechnical improvements. First bids were received for the first phase of demolition. Demolition scheduled to begin in February.
The Trust Exchange was recorded on November 10th. Significant portions of YBI will be put into the trust so that the really dense development can take place on TI.
Working on pre-conditions for the first land transfer to TICD. TICD has submitted their 95% improvement plans to the city for review. Expect to be able to issue permits early next year so that bidding can begin on infrastructure projects.
- Navy Environmental Program
Site 12 the Housing Area: Fieldwork continues in the testing and clean up of the three solid waste disposal areas (SWDAS). Navy contractor is mostly finished with the area along Bayside. In November they found and excavated a very large clump of welding rod and they hammered up concrete foundations for disposal. They are finishing and backfilling the area along North Point. They continue excavating the area along Westside drive. Westside had one "hot spot" where the contractor installed a 20-foot by 40-foot box with a cribbing system, which allows walls to be extended down as they excavate into the water table. The clean up is for low level rad and debris. All soil is scanned, any items found are removed, and contaminated soil is prepared for disposal. Areas are backfilled with clean soil. Building 1235 will be demolished in the future to allow clean up underneath.
Building 233, a training building where radiological materials were handled, has been demolished and disposed of. Starting 11/9, the sewers connected to and storm drains around Bldg. 233 are being tested for contamination and removed as necessary. The surrounding soil is tested too.
The State takes "confirming" samples for all rad sites as a cross check. When all samples confirm the site is clean, the State will give the site a "free release". Free Release is a full clearance for any future reuse, and it is the goal for all radiation-impacted sites on Treasure Island. No portions of Yerba Buena Island were suspected of containing radiological debris.
On Halloween, the Navy environmental program had a tour of the island. The PM for the Navy did a really good job to weave that together with the history of the Navy’s activities there.
1311 and 1313 will be demolished by the Navy next year for cleanup of hydrocarbons, so those building residents are being relocated.
Question: How much longer will the Navy be doing cleanup? Expected to continue until the end of 2121.
Question: Does it make more sense for the Navy to wait to do the work until buildings have been demolished and taken down? The City doesn’t want to take the property until the Navy has completed their clean-up and we want to continue providing housing to people while new housing is being constructed.
- Sub-Phase Open Space Design Update
See presentation for full details.Julian Pancoast with TICD presenting. Past progress updates included Waterfront Plaza & Building 1 Plaza. Tonight’s presentation focused on Restroom Studies, Future Bike Storage Facility, and Building 1 Plaza Design Refinements.
It has become apparent that we need a restroom and long-term bike storage facility (over two hours) in proximity to the Ferry Terminal.If someone is getting on a ferry or bus and going to the city, they are likely to be gone for a minimum of 2 hours and may want a more secure location to store their bike than a standard bike rack. Evaluating a facility to store around 225 bikes.
Originally evaluated clustering bicycle storage and restrooms on the water front, but the facility would be a large structure blocking views and taking up a lot of desirable space for pedestrians or others. After many iterations, it is proposed to put the bike storage on the other side of Palm Drive while keeping the restrooms on the waterfront. The presentation illustrates placement and size of the facilities. Proposed building designs will be brought to the CAB at a later date.
Question: Have you considered putting the restroom on the east side, near where the bike storage is? Yes, this would minimize impacts to the view negligible, but the historic nature of Building 1 also must be considered when proposing facilities around that structure.
Original idea was to provide restrooms in Building 1. There will still be restrooms there, but restrooms will need to be provided closer to the intermodal hub.
Comment: The diagram with the bike storage that looks like a shipping container is very unsettling. What is modeled as green grass is really going to be trampled and dead grass since so many people are going to store their bikes and then dash off to the ferry? Aren’t they just going to jaywalk and make their own pathway to the crosswalk?
Continuing on to Building 1 lawn area. The historical architect consultant believes that the plazas which simulate the existing driveways is important in preserving the appearance of Building 1. It is also being considered to lower the bike storage and give it a recessed ramp entrance to further simulate the existing driveway and lower the elevation of the storage facilities. Initially, it is planned to install bike lockers, and construct the bike storage facility as demand increases.
Question: The renderings make the bike storage facility look transparent. Is that intentional? Yes, for ease of use and safety, the recommendation is to make it relatively transparent.
Question: Was it considered to put it sub-surface? Not entirely, just sunken. Also the idea was considered to put bicycle storage in Building 1, but that was judged to be too far away.
Question: What about having a door on the “street-side” so that people don’t make their own “goat-trail” to get to a doorway from the driveway entrance? It was recommended for safety purposes to only have one door/entrance. They will have to put some landscaping in place to prevent the unofficial paths. A briar patch or cactus garden was suggested.
Moving on to Building 1. The paving pattern has been changed, and there have been some design revisions to the seating areas. The landscape architects want to create a ‘place’ within the center space to break down the scale of the center area. There is also a need to color differentiate to show the delineation between the vehicle area and the pedestrian area for those with visual impairments. They are planning to use a series of greyscale tiles to indicate the markings. The surface area of the reflecting pools has also been increased to enhance reflections and movement of the water by the wind. A number of parking spaces have also been eliminated from the front of Building 1. This will reduces the number of people driving through the plaza in search of parking spots.
Comment/Question: The center of a plaza like that is asking for several things… a giant holiday tree or a big temporary sculpture or a temporary stage, etc. for cultural events. What is being done to make it easy to install dynamic elements without damaging the tiles and plaza each time? Answer: We are working with the Arts Commission to identify art and cultural locations and this space definitely seems like a candidate for that kind of use. There will be utility boxes to support temporary staging of events or displays.
Question: What about having the entrance to the bike storage be from the other driveway side (i.e. the east side) of the building, so that cyclists don’t have to come all the way around front to get in? That can be considered. There is a need to preserve the historical driveway components, etc.
- Wetlands and Storm drain Management Update
See full presentation for details. Chris Guillard, CMG Landscape Architects, presented an update and review of the storm water management.
In 2009, the plan was that all the storm water on the island was going to be pumped to the northeast section of the island to a wetland for water treatment. Since then, that plan has been reconsidered because of the project phasing and the quantity of water that will need to be pumped. Also, the PUC has determined that they were not going to utilize a polishing wetland as part of the reclaimed water treatment.
Now the storm water management plan has migrated to a less centralized strategy and is being integrated into the parks and landscape design. A number of different watershed areas have been identified. Some of these would be seasonal wetlands. This is a type of environment that used to exist more around the Bay Area but have gone away with lots of development. These can provide important bird habitats.
Question: How would the seasonal wetlands be drained (if they need to be?) Is there a pipe or an overflow to the Bay? Yes, there is both a pipe and an overland release mechanism. It would be designed so that the flow would not leave a lot of standing water for a long time, so it doesn’t become a mosquito breeding ground or promote other undesirable conditions.
Moving on to the sub-phase 1 component. The storm water flows on YBI that will be treated on YBI. On TI, most of the flows from the Phase 1 area will be taken to the city side park area and treated using in landscape areas which will pool up for about 24 hours and then drain down. Those storm water treatment areas will be incorporated into the landscape design.
Question: Any thought on community gardens or gardening? Not in the current sub-phase, but in the first major phase, the first part of the urban farm will be developed.
- Future Agenda Items
We have a list of CAB requested subjects and proposed subjects from TICD.
- Announcements from Board members
Monday, the FDR Club is honoring TICD. We should have received invite information.
Keep in mind Delancy Street for Christmas Trees.
- Public Comments