Warriors' stadium: Why not move it south?
|Move it south 11 blocks|
From the SF Examiner:
The 21-acre site near Pier 80 in the Bayview has been proposed by the Mission Bay Alliance, a group led by former UC San Francisco officials who argue the arena in Mission Bay will create detrimental traffic congestion and permanently scar the neighborhood. The suggested site, more than half of which is owned by The City, is 11 blocks south of where the arena is currently planned on about 11 acres of waterfront land at Third and 16th streets, across from UCSF’s new hospitals and research centers.
Seems like a good idea. The southern site is almost twice as big as the present proposed site, and it's away from UCSF's operation.
The Mission Bay Alliance makes the case:
With easy access to Highways 280 and 101, ample surface parking, and Muni bus and light rail lines, the site could better meet the needs of a Warriors’ arena and entertainment center---without the life-threatening or environmental impacts of the proposed arena in Mission Bay...The new proposed site is already owned in part by the City of San Francisco and the SFMTA. The City’s property interests could facilitate the Warriors’ development of the site.
“This is a great solution for the Warriors’ relocation to San Francisco,” said Mission Bay Alliance spokesperson Bruce Spaulding. “This site would not threaten access to life-saving medical care or imperil biosciences,” he added. “A new arena at this alternate location would border open space and industrial warehouses---not three brand-new UCSF hospitals, a children’s emergency room and a world-renowned bioscience research campus, all of which would be irreparably harmed by the massive arena and entertainment center.”