Supervisors allow Niners to break Candlestick lease 

click to enlarge Franchise: As the 49ers move to their new Santa Clara stadium, Oakland’s Golden State Warriors hope to build an arena at Piers 30-32 in time for the 2017-18 season. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
  • Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner
  • Franchise: As the 49ers move to their new Santa Clara stadium, Oakland’s Golden State Warriors hope to build an arena at Piers 30-32 in time for the 2017-18 season.

The 49ers were granted permission Tuesday to break their Candlestick Park lease to move into their new Santa Clara stadium in time for the 2014 football season, in a unanimous vote by the Board of Supervisors.

While losing the team is a blow for The City, board President David Chiu introduced legislation with Mayor Ed Lee authorizing San Francisco to enter into negotiations with the Warriors franchise to move here.

City officials and the Warriors recently announced that the team is trying to build an arena at Piers 30-32 for the 2017-18 basketball season. Golden State plays in Oakland.

Supervisor Mark Farrell said the 49ers lease change, which allows the team to leave one year earlier, protects The City financially while preserving its relationship with the franchise.

“I think, most importantly, San Francisco is going to partner with the 49ers to be the lead city in a Super Bowl bid, which is going to bring hundreds of millions of dollars of economic activity here to San Francisco,” Farrell said.

The lease deal includes payment of $1 million to the Recreation and Park Department, plus the $4.295 million the department would have received for the 2014 season if the 49ers stayed.  

In other action:

  • In an 8-3 vote, legislation was approved to extend The City’s chain store restrictions to financial institutions. Now banks wishing to open in commercial corridors need to obtain a special conditional-use permit, which comes with increased public notification and can be appealed to the Board of Supervisors. The bill was introduced by Supervisor Eric Mar.
  • Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced legislation to make it easier for small-property owners to rent out up to five parking spaces and pay The City’s parking tax, along with create a partial amnesty period for those who have failed to pay the tax.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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