Neighbors want more input on Warriors arena proposal

The Warriors may have forged a deal with Mayor Ed Lee for a new, privately financed arena along The City’s waterfront, but the team still faces the thorny city approval process and neighbors with many questions about a project initially presented as a foregone conclusion.

Supervisor Jane Kim — whose district includes the proposed site and who along with the rest of the Board of Supervisors has expressed support in principle for the development — introduced legislation Tuesday to set up a Citizens Advisory Committee to weigh in on the project.

The 15-member committee, which Kim said the Port of San Francisco is expected to approve next month, would include neighborhood residents and business owners, as well as experts on housing, open space, youth, workforce development, disabled access, maritime commerce, environmental protection, transit and labor issues.

The South Beach/Rincon/Mission Bay Neighborhood Association — representing one of the last major neighborhoods in The City yet to be fully developed — has not taken a formal position on the proposed site on Piers 30-32.

“We’ve never seen anything, any plans or architecture, so we still don’t have anything to react to,” association President Katy Liddell said. Her group has expressed “serious concerns” about adding an arena near AT&T Park, and the accompanying traffic, parking, crime and cleanliness issues.

“We try to stay neutral, and friendly, and we don’t want to appear NIMBYist,” Liddell said.

The team hopes to have a$500 million stadium opened for the 2017-18 NBA season.

It is expected to submit a term sheet on the project to The City this fall. It would still require approval by the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

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