Damage to flooded SF Tower may cost $20 million to repair

Flooding at 100 Van Ness in San Francisco in Hayes Valley caused damages estimated at $20 million, according to a source familiar with the police report filed against the tenant that allegedly sparked the incident.

The flooding began last Tuesday, October 11, when a riser – a high-volume valve used to connect fire hoses to the building’s water supply – was reportedly vandalized on the skyscraper’s 11th floor. of 29 floors, sending a huge wave of water through the corridors and down to the ground floor. A resident who spoke to SFGATE described wading through water in the lobby early Tuesday morning.

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office charged a tenant of the building with criminal vandalism and resisting arrest in connection with the broken pipe; firefighters and the defendant’s attorney said the man was suffering from a mental health crisis at the time of the incident. Several 100 Van Ness tenants who virtually attended a hearing last Friday confirmed that the prosecutor told the court that the building’s owner, Emerald Fund, claimed the damage would cost $20 million to repair. The defendant was referred to a pre-trial diversion program for a mental health evaluation and is currently being held without bail, with the option of applying for bail at a later date, according to court documents reviewed by SFGATE.

The floods have caused a litany of serious problems, many of which remain unresolved. At least 50 homes were evacuated, including the 16 homes on the 11th floor. According to reports from the San Francisco Building Inspection Department, 90 of the building’s approximately 400 units may eventually need to be evacuated. Building management provides displaced residents with temporary off-site housing.

A photo of the aftermath of the flooding on the 11th floor of 100 Van Ness, taken October 12.

Alex Shultz/SFGATE

To deal with the water damage, which eventually reached the basement garage, building management hired a disaster restoration company, which brought in dozens of powerful fans and other equipment to start cleaning. Tenants posted photos to a private Facebook group showing carpets ripped from common areas on lower floors.

Residents of the 29-story building spent five days last week without a single working elevator. Although management offered tenants $300 hotel vouchers until elevator service was restored, some tenants told SFGATE they were unable to make the long ride in the fire escapes, effectively leaving them stranded in their units. On Saturday, one of the elevators was reopened, although residents have since complained on Facebook that it was unreliable and periodically broken down.

100 Van Ness was originally built in the 1970s as an office building and was converted into a residential tower at a cost of approximately $200 million in 2013. The building opened to tenants in 2015.

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