Port Seeks Development Partner for Historic South Beach Piers 38 and 40


Press Release

The Port of San Francisco issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the rehabilitation and activation of Piers 38 and 40 along the Embarcadero waterfront in South Beach.

“The development offering at Piers 38 and 40 present a unique opportunity to bring back to life one-of-a-kind historic piers in an extraordinary location,” said Elaine Forbes, Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco. “The Port’s goal is to provide the South Beach community and visitors access into these historic piers, greater access and connection to the Bay, and vibrant and diverse experiences on Port facilities. The Port has a responsibility to safeguard the Embarcadero National Register Historic District and developing these piers now will also provide the resources to ensure seismic and sea level rise resilience, so that we can enjoy these piers and our waterfront for generations to come.”

The Port is requesting creative project proposals to ensure these historic piers can be accessible, resilient, and enjoyable for the public. The rehabilitation, historic preservation, and activation of these Piers is key to the continued waterfront evolution, while maintaining the integrity of the Embarcadero National Register Historic District. The Port is seeking a financially solvent, resilient mixed-use development with publicly accessible space that attracts people to the waterfront and enhances maritime operations and water recreation. Priorities include arts and culture, assembly and entertainment, education, food and beverage, excursion and leisure maritime, museums, recreation, and specialty retail and office.

Activation and preservation of Piers 38 and 40 is timely as the South Beach neighborhood continues to grow and the Central SOMA Plan is expected to bring thousands of new residents and employees to the area. Investing in these piers now will provide residents and visitors greater access to the bay and the waterfront while ensuring that the piers are resilient to seismic and projected sea level rise.