Opponents of Warriors arena in Mission Bay want project moved south
By Laura Dudnick : sfexaminer – excerpt
Opponents of a plan to build a Golden State Warriors arena in Mission Bay have identified an alternative location for the project and are urging city and team leaders to consider the site.
The 21-acre site near Pier 80 in the Bayview has been proposed by the Mission Bay Alliance, a group led by former UC San Francisco officials who argue the arena in Mission Bay will create detrimental traffic congestion and permanently scar the neighborhood.
The suggested site, more than half of which is owned by The City, is 11 blocks south of where the arena is currently planned on about 11 acres of waterfront land at Third and 16th streets, across from UCSF’s new hospitals and research centers.
It marks the first specific alternative site proposed by the Mission Bay Alliance, the primary opposition to the project in Mission Bay. UCSF nurses have also expressed concerns with building an arena adjacent to the new hospitals, but UCSF leaders announced support for the project over the summer, contingent on a plan for managing traffic in the long term.
In the draft environmental report, city planners outlined nearly $40 million in transit improvementsslated for Mission Bay that are aimed to curb traffic congestion created in part by the proposed arena. That includes purchasing new Muni light-rail vehicles, allowing crossover tracks for the vehicles to pass on the T-Third Street line, and extending the adjacent Muni platform near the arena.
The Mission Bay Alliance plans to formally submit its proposed Bayview site to The City as part of the environmental impact review process, Singer said. The draft EIR was released in June, and a final draft is expected this fall…. (more)