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Group ‘comes out of nowhere’ to try to block Warriors’ Mission Bay arena

April 30, 2015

: bizjournals – excerpt

San Francisco’s supposed feel-good real estate story where all sides unified to build a privately financed Golden State Warriors arena just got its first major gut check.

A group of University of California, San Francisco, donors is threatening to sue or push a ballot measure against the Warriors’ potential Mission Bay arena over parking and traffic concerns. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news Tuesday.

Slideshow: New Warriors arena design(more)

Parking worries

Chiefly, the dispute falls on parking.

In the transportation management plan the Warriors presented to neighbors in November, it said it would allot up to 950 parking spaces and that about 55 percent of attendees would use a car to get there. The arena would also make use of satellite parking in underused parking garages and lots, but discourage street parking, according to the presentation…

The arena also expects to take advantage of several transit and street improvements, such as the Central Subway, new Muni bus lines, an extension of Muni rail platforms and a Muni rail spur aimed at handling more arena fans as well as neighborhood south of the arena. The EIR next month will reveal city findings about traffic impact, so it’s unclear now whether the opposition group’s concerns are founded… (more)

If you look at the mess in Mission Bay and the difficulty getting around there now without the Warriors, you have to wonder why anyone would trust the SFMTA to handle more people. I like the way they picture the area with wide empty stretches of streets and empty parking lots. We know that is not the true picture today.

Golden State Warriors San Francisco Arena Plan Faces Growing Opposition
by Chris Filippi : cbslocal – excerpt – (video clip)

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The Golden State Warriors have been the talk of the National Basketball Association all year, with the best record in the league and a first round sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans in the playoffs.

The team is also moving forward with plans to build a new arena in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco, but is now facing some organized opposition to the plan.

A group called Mission Bay Alliance includes supporters of UC San Francisco and is raising concerns about what arena traffic could mean for hospital services. Alliance spokesperson Sam Singer said the Warriors plan to add only 950 parking spaces for the project.

“Traffic and the parking from the Warriors proposed stadium and the two office towers that go with it is going to make it impossible to get healthcare services in Mission Bay and create massive traffic jams the likes of which San Francisco has never seen,” Singer said…

But in a statement to Comcast Sports Net Bay Area, Warriors spokesman P.J. Johnston disputed how much the group represents the Mission Bay neighborhood… (more)

Neighbors are being asked to weigh in, so weigh in.

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