The proposed Warriors arena is located at Third and 16th streets in Mission Bay. Courtesy rendering

Appeal challenges proposed Warriors arena in Mission Bay

The Mission Bay Alliance appears to be the undefeated Warriors’ toughest opponent this season, at least off the court.

The group, led by former UC San Francisco officials, filed an appeal with The City late Friday challenging the certification of the final environmental impact report for the team’s proposed project in Mission Bay, which includes an 18,000-seat arena, offices and open space at an 11-acre site at Third and 16th streets.

The appeal highlights numerous concerns with the project, namely that events at the arena will create traffic gridlock that won’t be eased by some $60 million in transit improvements planned for the area. The project site is located across the street from UCSF’s three new hospitals, and just south of AT&T Park and the San Francisco Police Department’s new headquarters.

“We are appealing a city committee’s rubber-stamp approval of a disastrous project that will gridlock city streets, pollute Mission Bay neighborhoods, cost the taxpayers millions and threaten live-saving emergency care,” Bruce Spaulding, a consultant for the Mission Bay Alliance, said in a statement.

City agencies have signed off on numerous stages of the project this month, including the certification of its final EIR by the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure, the Planning Commission’s approval for the two six- to 11-story office buildings and 546 parking spaces also planned for the site, and the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee that unanimously supported sending the project to the full board next month.

“This report was as rigorous and comprehensive a study on any project The City has seen. And, it’s now supported by UCSF, the biotech community, the Mission Bay Citizens Advisory Committee, and others,” Christine Falvey, a spokeswoman for Mayor Ed Lee, wrote in an email to the San Francisco Examiner. “He looks forward to the Board hearing and moving the project forward, which has already had significant public input.”

Any appeals to the project must go before the Board of Supervisors at a public meeting, and city officials expect to have a response to the Mission Bay Alliance’s appeal by Dec. 8, when the arena is already slated to go before the board, said Adam Van de Water, project manager for The City’s office of economic and workforce development.

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