Shipyard redevelopment will provide holiday reading material

Specific details of the biggest building project planned in The City will be outlined in November, and residents will be able to provide their feedback on it during the holiday-dominated month of December.

The City is preparing an environmental impact report for the 770-acre planned redevelopment of the shuttered Hunters Point Naval Shipyard and surrounding land, including the current 49ers stadium site.

The state-mandated report will outline the expected environmental and social impacts of the project and provide the clearest picture ever published of the future of San Francisco’s formerly-industrial southeastern pocket.

A draft of the report – which is the version of an environmental impact report upon which members of the public, government agencies and other stakeholders can submit comments – is expected to be published Nov. 4, according to Wells Lawson, an official in the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Publication of the draft will trigger a 45-day public review period which will include a series of public hearings, according to Lawson.

“Due to the holiday schedule, the hearings are likely to be held in early December,” Lawson said.

The anticipated timing of the report’s release has been criticized by Arc Ecology, a nonprofit that helps share information about the redevelopment project with residents in the surrounding neighborhoods.

The draft report will be a lengthy and technical document, according to Arc Ecology Executive Director Saul Bloom. Bloom said Arc Ecology will analyze the report and publish analyses.

“There are a bunch of people out there that won’t get the time to read and understand the document,” Bloom said. “If you really want to give people a serious amount of time to look over the document, it would be nice if you didn’t do it over the holidays.”

jupton@sfexaminer.com
 

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