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A few weeks ago we alerted you to a meeting where the Warriors were planning on presenting their massive waterfront development plans to the Middle Polk Neighborhood Association on February 17. We just received word that the Warriors have cancelled their presentation to the Middle Polk Neighborhood Association.
According to the neighborhood group: “There will be no speaker for the proposed Warriors waterfront development. The project has been put on hold by the developers and they chose not to speak to us at this time.”
While that may seem heartening to read “the project has been put on hold”, on February 3, Warriors President Rick Welts announced at the Pier 30-32 Citizens Advisory Committee that the proposed development projects will only be delayed by one year and the Warriors are still moving full steam ahead to plop their 12 story high arena, shopping mall and luxury high rise condo building on the San Francisco waterfront. Their new goal is to have the development completed by 2018.
In fact, the Warriors have accelerated their timeline and hope to have the proposed project approved by government and regulatory bodies next year. To see their new timeline please click here. As former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos says “This is the largest project attempting to be built in the shortest amount of time in the history of San Francisco.”
We will continue to closely monitor the new timeline and alert you when action may be required.
The media has run numerous articles about the Warriors new proposed waterfront arena opening date of 2018. One article of note was published in the Press Democrat on February 5, 2014 by sport writer Lowell Cohn. An excerpt from the article:
“San Franciscans noticed the arena wasn't the entire deal. There would be a hotel tower. There would be a condominium tower. That's a lot of towers. Those towers also would ruin views for residents. In addition to basketball, this always was about real estate and development and Lacob-Guber making a lot of dough.”
The San Francisco Waterfront Alliance
Dear Friend of the Waterfront,
I have had the opportunity to meet many of you through my volunteer work with the San Francisco Waterfront Alliance and because waterfront development is an important issue to you, I wanted to reach out and share some information about Propositions B & C currently on the ballot.
Propositions B & C would set a dangerous precedent for future developments by significantly raising the waterfront height limits, which could be an open door for greedy developers including the Warriors. The 8 Washington ballot battle does involve raising the height limit on the waterfront, an issue that will affect the proposed Warriors 12 story high arena and especially the 17 story high luxury condo development on Seawall Lot 330.
Twenty five years ago we made the decision to tear down the old Embarcadero freeway. This decision transformed the San Francisco waterfront from a dangerous and seedy slum to a beautiful and revitalized area of our City for everyone to enjoy. People from all over the world and other neighborhoods in San Francisco come to waterfront every day to enjoy the wide open space and views.
Unfortunately our waterfront and public land is under threat again and if developers have their way, they will create a new wall on the waterfront consisting of buildings and luxury condos that most San Franciscans would never be able to afford.
Similar to the Warriors, the 8 Washington developers are trying to fool voters with their pretty pictures and promises of open space and parks. But that isn’t at all what Props B & C are about. It’s about a lucrative real estate deal. The fact is two-thirds of the 8 Washington so called open space will actually be private and not open to the general public.
Props B & C are a disaster for our waterfront and our City. I am asking you to please vote No on Props B & C and if you have any time from now till Election Day, please consider volunteering to help defeat these dangerous propositions. If Props B & C pass it will only make the efforts to stop the proposed Warriors developments even harder.
Please volunteer to help defeat Props B & C. The No Wall on the Waterfront office’s phone number is 415-894-7008 and their office is located at 15 Columbus Avenue.
And please vote No on Props B & C! Our waterfront is counting on you.
Mayor Art Agnos (ret.):
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