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

Warriors arena up for third city approval in less than a week

Less than a week after the proposed Warriors arena in Mission Bay received a green light from two key city commissions, the project will go before a third group for approval.

At a special meeting Monday, the Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee is slated to weigh in on details of the development, which includes an 18,000-seat arena, offices and open space at an 11-acre site at Third and 16th streets in Mission Bay.

That hearing follows certification of the project’s final environmental impact report by the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure on Tuesday, and unanimous approval by the Planning Commission on Thursday for the two six- to 11-story office buildings and 546 parking spaces also planned for the site.

Among the components of the project that will go before the Budget and Finance Committee on Monday is the establishment of a Mission Bay Transportation Fund to pay for city services and capital improvements needed to accommodate the arena. Money in the fund will come from project-generated revenues, estimated at $14 million annually.

The fund came about as part of an agreement between The City and UC San Francisco last month, when the university officially endorsed the arena. The arena will be located across the street from UCSF’s three new hospitals that opened in February.

Plans to add parking control officers, purchase four new light-rail vehicles, improve the T-Third light-rail line and construct a center boarding platform at the stop near the arena to accommodate additional riders are also on the horizon in an effort to mitigate traffic during events at the arena.

Meanwhile, the Mission Bay Alliance group led by former UCSF officials remains opposed to the project, arguing it will create detrimental traffic and noise in the area.

Alex Doniach, a spokesperson for the alliance, believes holding a third meeting in less than a week on the arena points to it being fast-tracked by city officials.

“This project is being rubber stamped by an administration that is dead set on seeing this arena come to life at the expense of due process and real oversight,” Doniach said.

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