he San Francisco Giants, Anchor Brewing Company, and Port of San Francisco are progressing with plans for their Mission Rock development in the wake of last year’s passage of Proposition D by 74 percent of voters. “We’re obviously delighted with the final numbers of the election,” said Fran Weld, vice president of strategy and development for the Giants.
The Sierra Club’s San Francisco chapter and Livable City, however, remain concerned about a variety of environmental, transportation, and financial details related to the development, including allowing 240 feet heights, or 23 stories, for the project’s towers. The nonprofit organizations want to work with the Giants to address these issues. According to the Giants, conversations are ongoing. “Maybe at that point when it’s time to get the Environmental Impact Report, we’ll be able to get some concessions,” said Susan Vaughan, chair of the City chapter of the Sierra Club.
Two other groups have expressed opposition to the development: San Francisco Tomorrow, an environmental and planning-oriented organization, and the campaign for “No Wall on the Waterfront,” a group originally formed to defeat Proposition B, a 2013 initiative which would’ve allowed development at 8 Washington Street.
According to Tom Radulovich, executive director of Livable City, the organizations are concerned about potential obstruction of waterfront views, the long shadows that tall buildings would cast on the neighborhood and Bay, and use of Jobs-Housing Linkage funds to build affordable housing. The nonprofits believe that the proposed ten-story, 2,300 space parking garage, to be situated a block south of AT&T Park and McCovey Cove, would lead to traffic congestion in Mission Bay and air quality degradation. The advocacy groups are also displeased that the team wants to retain Mission Rock’s parking taxes to pay for transportation improvements… (more)