Big-time opposition emerges to Warriors’ arena plan

By Matier & Ross : sfchronicle – excerpt

The Golden State Warriors’ plans for an 18,000-seat arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay are suddenly running into big-time political problems.

An anonymous group of what organizers describe as big-bucks donors to UCSF hired an imposing cast of consultants — including former UCSF Senior Vice Chancellor Bruce Spaulding and, for a time, Chronicle columnist and former Mayor Willie Brown — to block the plan for the arena and adjacent twin office towers in Mission Bay near the waterfront…

“This arena is going to essentially ruin decades of good work and planning in Mission Bay and make it impossible for people to access the hospital there,” said public relations pro Sam Singer, who has also been hired by the antiarena forces.

The emergence of the opposition group comes just a month before the final environmental impact report for the Warriors’ arena is due to be released — raising suggestions that the effort is largely aimed at trying to force the team to scale back its ambitious plan for developing 12 acres next to UCSF…

One big issue, said Singer: The Warriors plan to build just 950 parking spaces for the project, 650 of which would serve the two office towers.

Singer called the parking figures “absolutely ludicrous.”…

Ambulance concerns

Hawgood’s worries included that the development could snag ambulances in gridlock, especially when the Giants are at home at the same time an event is being held at the arena…(more)

Do we want public safety or a sports arena in a hospital zone? Who didn’t see this one coming? You know you are getting into a tight situation when public agencies and institutions are now fighting over turf. Time for a time out on development while we catch up with the infrastructure we need to support what is already built?

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