Bridge reduced for shipyard project

A scaled-down version of a controversial bridge will be constructed as a key transit link for the massive redevelopment of San Francisco’s southeastern neighborhoods that was approved Tuesday.

The project at the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and adjacent Candlestick Point will ultimately contain 10,500 residential units, with 32 percent being offered at a below-market rate, 320 acres of park and open space and 700,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space. And it will allow for the construction of a 49ers stadium if the football franchise decides to stay in The City instead of relocating to Santa Clara.

The more than a decade of planning for redevelopment of the area has stirred controversy, including how portions of the contaminated land would be cleaned, the amount of affordable housing included in the project and a bridge over Yosemite Slough, which is cited as being key to transporting 49ers fans to the planned stadium.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to approve the project. Supervisor Chris Daly opposed it, saying his biggest objection was that he thought the project should offer more affordable housing.

The board made or attempted to make a number of amendments to the development deal, such as increasing its oversight of the cleanup of the parcels and tightening up local hiring provisions in the deal with master developer Lennar Corp.

Among the final sticking points Tuesday was the construction of a bridge that would extend Arelious Walker Drive north from the Candlestick Point area over the mouth of a narrow waterway known as Yosemite Slough. Environmentalists and board members had objected to the bridge because of its potential impact on wildlife. The span would carry a new bus rapid transit system, along with pedestrians and cyclists. The NFL has said it’s key to its approval of building a stadium at the site.

An effort to eliminate the bridge was rejected in a 6-5 vote.

The bridge was scaled back to 41 feet wide to win support, but it could increase to 81 feet upon board approval if the 49ers remain in San Francisco to accommodate pedestrian and public transit traffic on game days.


Rebuilding Hunters Point


The approval of the plan to develop the former Navy shipyard and portions of Candlestick Point will reshape the southeastern portion of The City.

Project covers 702 acres

More than 10,000 homes planned to be constructed

7,155 homes would be sold at market rate

3,089 homes would be sold below market rate

Project will result in rebuilding of 256-unit Alice Griffith public housing facility

885,000 square feet of retail space will be added

One proposal includes new stadium for 49ers

If team moves out of The City, stadium area would be used for research and office space

Sources: Planning Department, Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development

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