SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — With two Quonset huts nearly complete, construction on the Embarcadero Homeless Navigation Center can continue after a San Francisco judge, on Monday, denied a temporary restraining order on the project brought by neighbors.
âHe got it wrong and thereâs really no question about it,â said Peter Prows, attorney for Safe Embarcadero for All.READ MORE: Former Theranos Lab Director Continues Testimony
The group argued the city was in violation of the State Lands Commission in re-purposing SeaWall Lot 330 from a parking lot into a navigation center.
Safe Embarcadero also said the Port of San Francisco and the city did not arrange a lease of fair market value for the land.
âOur appraiser valued it at $90 million, the cityâs appraiser said $30-60 million — in tax revenue alone to the state of California and the citizens of San Francisco — itâs $2 million a year. Right now itâs getting basically a pittance,â Prows said.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman disagreed.READ MORE: State Sen. Wiener's Recovery Incentives Act Would Pay Meth Addicts to Stay Sober
âNor does the court accept the petitionerâs argument that it has shown irreparable harm here from the potential that the opening of this Navigation Center may subject itâs members or the public generally,â said Judge Ethan Schulman.
Wallace Lee, who has been leading the charge against the center said he and his family wonât move. He is not optimistic about the future of the neighborhood during the potentially four year long tenure of the center.
âLooking at the way the city has run other Navigation Centers we donât have any confidence that the city will be able to run this one without negative consequences for the neighborhood,â Lee told reporters.
In a statement on Twitter, San Francisco Mayor London Breed responded after the ruling:MORE NEWS: Lead Utility Regulator Overseeing PG&E Announces Resignation
âWeâre moving forward because we need more Nav Centers to help people off the streets and connect them with services. We need more Nav Centers, more treatment beds, more permanent supportive housing, and more affordable housing if weâre going to address the homelessness crisis.â