The Golden State Warriors were fast-breaking on a move from Oakland to a new arena on San Francisco’s Embarcadero slated for 2017. The Warriors' timetable would break all Bay Area sports venue construction records.
But the project to build a 13-story arena on piers 30-32, just south of the Bay Bridge, got its first major elbow-in- the-face when their design was sent back to the drawing board for changes.
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The area around Piers 30-32 has witnessed four unsuccessful attempts at development, including the most recent by the city and software billionaire Larry Ellison for construction as the hub of the 2013 America’s Cup.
Anytime a construction project touches San Francisco Bay, a significant environmental impact review process ensues, especially for one of this magnitude. Dealing with California's Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) tends to slow down even the most optimistic, savvy, and deep pocketed and experienced developers.
The lineup of groups with oversight, input and most importantly legal clout to advise and consent on the project will include (among many others):
Save The Bay
S.F. Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Port of San Francisco
California Coastal Commision
Bay Planning Coalition
California Department of Fish & Game
Bay Institute of San Francisco
SF Board of Advisors
California State Lands Commission
Sailors Union of the Pacific
Waterfront Design Advisory Committee
Piers 30-32 Citizens Advisory group
The Embarcaderians: The neighborhood’s private citizens and businesses that will fight hard to preserve the unique nature of the current Embarcadero.
The Giants will also be weighing in on the Warriors arena project. The team is moving ahead with its own 27-acre mixed-use residential and commercial development at Mission Rock. Their plan contains the footprint for an arena.
The estimated $1 billion project price tag will be privately financed by Warriors ownership. The cost includes rebuilding the crumbled infrastructure of the 13-acre pier. That cost is a moving target with a minimum price tag of $120 million according to experts.
As you are walking, jogging, rollerblading, driving, daydreaming or pushing the side-by-side stroller past Piers 30-32 in the midst of this glorious weather, make your own decision: Should a new sports and multipurpose arena be berthed by the Bay?