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New sinking in tilting San Francisco high-rise halts restore

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A $ 100 million fix to keep a luxury San Francisco skyscraper from sinking and toppling even more is on hold as engineers try to figure out why the building fell by another 2 while it was being repaired. Has dropped 5 centimeters.

Doug Elmets, spokesman for the Millennium Tower, said in a statement that the pile installation to reinforce the building’s foundation has been suspended for two to four weeks in an attempt to understand why the “increased settlement rate and means available to mitigate it” is .

Elmets said the building was secure.

The 58-story tower opened to fanfare in 2009 and all 419 apartments quickly sold out. Celebrity residents included former San Francisco 49er Joe Montana, late venture capitalist Tom Perkins, and Giants outfielder Hunter Pence.

But by 2016 the (40 centimeters) in the soft ground and the landfill of San Francisco’s dense financial district. It was also sloped, creating a 5 cm slope at the base and a 15 cm slope at the top. Local residents sued the developer and designers.

A confidential agreement reached with homeowners last year included $ 100 million to install 52 63,500 kilograms of concrete piles to anchor the building 76 meters into the bedrock. Piles provide foundation support.

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