The Exploratorium Relocation Project

8 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Francisco, City and County of (City and County of San Francisco)
Document Title
The Exploratorium Relocation Project
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
The project site currently includes commercial, bus repair, maritime uses and vacant space within Piers 15 and 17. The project site is located in the Light Industrial (M-1) and Northern Waterfront Special Use District (SUD) No. 1 zoning districts. The project site is within the Port's Waterfront Land Use Plan area. The project site is within the Northeast Waterfront Area Plan in the City of San Francisco General Plan.

Document Description
NOTE: Extended Review per Lead The Exploratorium proposes to relocate from the Palace of Fine Arts at 3601 Lyon Street, to Piers 15/17, along The Embarcadero, on the waterfront (Assessor's Block 9900, Lots 15, 15H, and 17). The Project Site, owned by the Port of San Francisco (Port), is comprised of the 136,145-gross-square-foot (gsf) Pier 15, 110,615-gsf Pier 17. 11,773-gsf Connector Building, a paved parking area ("Valley"), a 1,579-gsf office shack in the Valley, and a 235-gsf office addition on the Pier 17 north apron. Piers 15 and 17 are contributing resources to the San Francisco Embarcadero National Register Historic District. The Exploratorium proposes to lease from the Port Pier 15, a portion of Pier 17, the Connector Building and Valley, plus a portion of the east apron (which is the area between the building and the water's edge), for use as a museum. The Exploratorium also proposes to lease Pier 17 to and to possibly expand the museum program into Pier 17 in the future. Until then, the Exploratorium would lease Pier 17 to commercial, light industrial and restaurant or other retail users. The existing office shack and much of the Valley paving would be removed to expose the water and would feature an outdoor exhibit area providing public access to the Bay. The Exploratorium is in negotiation with a current on-site maritime tenant in Pier 15 to relocate its operations from Pier 15 to Pier 17. The Pier 17/19 water basing would be dredged to accommodate this maritime tenant's tugboats. The Project also would include temporary berthing of ceremonial and navy ships on the east apron and a water taxi landing on the south apron.

Contact Information
Joy Navarrete
City and County of San Francisco Planning Department
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone : (415) 575-9040


San Francisco
San Francisco
Cross Streets
The Embarcadero and Green Street
Total Acres
Parcel #
9900, Lots 15, 15H, and 17
State Highways
San Francisco Bay
SF North

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Institutional Use/326,041 gsf/4.6 acres/440 employees)
Local Action
Local Coastal Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Noise Traffic/Circulation Water Quality Water Supply Wildlife Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
California Coastal Commission California Department of Boating and Waterways California Department of Parks and Recreation California Highway Patrol Caltrans, District 4 Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 3 Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Water Resources Native American Heritage Commission Office of Historic Preservation Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 2 Resources Agency San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
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