As we first reported last week, plans to permanently right the sinking Millennium Tower are about to be tested and should be completed by the end of July.

At the same time, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) has just increased their legal budget related to the litigation of who’s responsible for causing the tower’s excess sinking and lean from $3.5 million to $5.7 million with the anticipation of future increases “as the need arises.”

Keep in mind that the TJPA’s contract with Jones Day for litigation support was signed at the end of 2016, with an initial five-year term and an option to extend for another three, as we first reported at the time.

And once again, in terms of who’s going to foot the growing legal bills: “It is anticipated that the costs of the 301 Mission litigation will be paid or reimbursed by insurance companies for the TJPA’s contractors and/or by the contractors themselves with a duty to indemnify TJPA,” at least in the eyes of the TJPA.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by SFLandlord

    What a mess.

  2. Posted by bachman_erlich_overdrive

    Great photo of the Millenium Tower in Taipei in the press this morning.

    (Oh relax, it’s joke. I mean, the same thing wouldn’t happen here, right? Right?….)

    • Posted by Notcom

      My initial thought was: Wow! all that from a 5.7. Then I noticed it was actually an aftershock from a 6.4 the day earlier, so they get….well, a lesser reprimand, I guess.

    • Posted by John
      • Posted by Pablito

        The Millennium tower is clearly not built to modern standards either – else it would not be leaning so much. Hopefully they will fix it before we have a big earthquake and people get squished.

  3. Posted by c_q

    Seriously, if TJPA prevails they (or the insurance company) should counter sue for damages.

    I can’t see how a building which started sinking and leaning before the wrecking ball even came for the old terminal can get any damages from it’s reconstruction, other than through jurisprudential fatigue.

    • Posted by bachman_erlich_overdrive

      All buildings sink and lean. If you change density of the soil beneath a building by de-watering an adjacent parcel, you can accelerate/worsen the projected compression. Don’t worry – California taxpayers will wind up on the hook one way or another.

      • Posted by Pablito

        Most new buildings neither sink or lean. Especially skyscrapers downtown.

        Poorly constructed buildings sink and/or lean.

        • Posted by Serge

          I’m sure Erlich Bachman (aka Backmanity) meant that new buildings settle.

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