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Will the Giants rush to a new Wall on the Waterfront?

April 15, 2015

By and sfexaminer – exccerpt

In June, on the heels of voters’ rejection of luxury waterfront condos at 8 Washington St., San Francisco overwhelmingly approved Proposition B, which gave voters the right to approve increases in building heights on public waterfront land.

Five months later, 70 percent of voters approved a doubling of heights at Pier 70 — proving that neighborhood engagement, coupled with a well-conceived, publicly vetted plan, could achieve broad electoral support from San Franciscans suspicious of waterfront development.

Unfortunately, the Giants’ property development team may be ignoring the lessons of Pier 70. The Giants have been noticeably silent about their development plans for Seawall Lot 337, the publicly owned waterfront land south of AT&T Park now used for parking.

Press inquiries about the Mission Rock development project have been rebuffed, and there has been little outreach to nearby neighborhoods that have worked closely with the Port of San Francisco, The City and private developers on waterfront issues in past years.

When we finally got a chance to meet with the Giants last week, it became clear that the neighborhoods most affected, for better or worse, by the Mission Rock development will not have any real chance to weigh in on the project before the Giants decide whether to submit a proposed high-rise waterfront development for voter approval on this November’s ballot.

As a result, the Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association and other neighborhood groups led the way to a citywide consensus vote that supported an increase to the building heights on the waterfront at Pier 70. So we have to ask: Why are the Giants considering a rush to the ballot in less than seven months instead of taking the time over the next year to work with the community to get this right?… (more)

J.R. Eppler is president and Tony Kelly is development committee chair of the Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association.

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  1. April 15, 2015 6:13 pm

    Reblogged this on Grassroots Actions.

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