- Associated Press - Thursday, September 22, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The public agency building a San Francisco transit center will keep pumping groundwater from beneath the construction site, despite claims the process is contributing to the sinking of Millennium Tower, a luxury condominium high rise next door.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2d3QYPo ) Thursday that the Transbay Joint Powers Authority said the dewatering, which is performed to maintain a dry work site, will continue into 2017 for the $4.5 billion Transbay Transit Center.

The authority says that prior to the transit’s center’s completion in late 2017, construction will have progressed to the point that the weight of the transit center will be enough to counterbalance the upward water pressure.

Executives with Millennium Partners, which built the tower, accused the authority of “a pattern of reckless behavior” that has caused the high rise to sink and tilt.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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