Reporting Margie Shafer
OAKLAND (KCBS) – The state commission that regulates development along the San Francisco Bay shoreline has declined to take a formal position on state legislation concerning the proposed Warriors arena on the San Francisco Waterfront.
Instead, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission has expressed a desire to see improvements in the proposal, AB 1273, authored by Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), which would clear the way for the development of the arena along Piers 30-32 on the city’s waterfront. Advocates of the project met with the Commission Thursday in hopes of securing formal support.
“There are a number of issues that still need to be resolved around this Warriors project,” said San Francisco supervisor David Chiu, who sits on the Commission. “We are going to continue to negotiate as a body with the Warriors and hopefully in the next few weeks there will be continued amendments, as have already been happening with this piece of legislation.”
Among the areas of interest were “public access and public benefits, and insuring that the needs of the Bay are taken into account,” Chiu said. “I am hopeful that this bill will pass as well but, in deference to my colleagues here, I think there are concerns that I hope are addressed in the coming weeks so that we can move to a support position.”
Ultimately, Chiu acknowledged the the Commission’s support, or lack thereof, wouldn’t necessarily change the trajectory of the project.
“The authority to make these decisions ultimately begins and ends with the state legislative body.”
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