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Pier 7, San Francisco

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Pier 70 in San Francisco, California, is a historic pier in San Francisco's Potrero Point neighborhood, home to the Union Iron Works and later to Bethlehem Shipbuilding. It was one of the largest industrial sites in San Francisco during the two World Wars, and remains one of the best-preserved turn-of-the-century industrial sites west of the Mississippi.Physical plantThe pier is 65acre in size.HistoryThe area around Pier 70 has been used for shipbuilding since the Gold Rush. Since becoming home to the Union Iron Works in 1883, Pier 70 has been occupied by a variety of industrial concerns, including the Pacific Rolling Mills, Risdon Iron & Locomotive, Kneass Boat Works, Union Iron Works, Bethlehem Shipbuilding, and BAE Systems.After Bethlehem acquired Union Iron Works in 1905, the pier also housed Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation's administrative offices in Building 101.Bethlehem Steel sold their holdings in the area to the Port of SF in 1980.Current state and developmentMost of the pier's buildings have been unoccupied since the decline of shipbuilding in the area. However, some of the pier's historic buildings are currently occupied by BAE Systems Ship Repair and by a number of artist studios. Two dry docks are operated by BAE Systems San Francisco Ship Repair, employing approximately 200 people.The Port of San Francisco currently plans to redevelop the pier for mixed commercial and residential use in partnership with Orton Development, Inc. and Forest City Development. The redevelopment is expected to include roughly a thousand housing units and two million square feet of office space. Plans include calls for a "Crane Cove Park" that will feature the historic cranes in the northern part of the pier complex.
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  • This is a nice pedestrian walking pier that gives a good view of the eastern waterfront. Probably one of the nicest piers for pedestrians on the eastern waterfront (pier 14 is good too).  more »
  • Pier 7 is just that - a long, wide pier. But, there is a hidden, understated flare to it. With benches on each side and street lights dotting it all the way to the end, it can be very romantic for a s...  more »
  • It's your basic pier. You can look at the water or throw things in the bay or dive in if you feeling coltish.  more »