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

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

SF releases final EIR for proposed Warriors arena in Mission Bay

City officials on Friday released the final environmental impact report for a proposed Golden State Warriors arena in Mission Bay, marking the latest milestone for the project.

The nearly 5,000-page final EIR, released by the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure, includes hundreds of comments from the public and various agencies, as well as $60 million in various improvements – $20 million more than in the draft EIR that was released in June – that city officials are confident will mitigate traffic impacts.

The arena is proposed at an 11-acre site at 16th and Third streets, across the street from UC San Francisco’s three new hospitals that opened in February. The Warriors formally purchased the site last week from Salesforce.com after provisionally securing the site last year.

The project, which has faced backlash in recent months from the Mission Bay Alliance group led by former UCSF officials who claim the arena will create detrimental traffic and noise in the area, earlier this month received crucial support from the university after city officials agreed to numerous transportation efforts aimed to relieve congestion around the new arena.

As part of the agreement, Mayor Ed Lee and the majority of supervisors on Oct. 6 proposed establishing a Mission Bay Transportation Fund that will pay for city services and capital improvements needed to accommodate the 18,000-seat-arena. Money in the fund will come from project-generated revenues, estimated at $14 million annually.

The final EIR released Friday spells out such efforts, including a first-of-its-kind Local/Hospital Access Plan to ensure patients, residents and businesses don’t lose access to Mission Bay or UCSF during events.

Adding parking control officers, purchasing four new light-rail vehicles, improving the T-Third light-rail line and constructing a center boarding platform at the stop near the arena to accommodate additional riders are all included in the final EIR.

The OCII Commission will hold a public hearing and consider certifying the EIR on Nov. 3. Warriors officials expect the arena will open in time for the 2018-19 NBA season.Final EIRMission BayPlanningtransportationWarriorsWarriors arena

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