The Golden State Warriors (that’s basketball, for those of you – like me – that are sports impaired) announced a deal with Mayor Ed Lee to build a new arena in San Francisco.
The announced deal is to build the Stadium at Piers 30 and 32 along the Embarcadero, in the South Beach neighborhood. As you can see in the picture below, the piers are currently – on their busiest days – nothing more than parking lots. Piers 30 and 32 are also said to be in pretty bad structural shape, with repairs needed in the $50 – $100 million dollar range before arena construction can actually begin.
So the question of the day is: Will Piers 30 and 32 really make it through the marathon of public and bureaucratic review and cross the finish line a winner, or will the arena end up being built elsewhere? Below are two Q&As that sort of address that. Both are taken directly from the Warriors page on the San Francisco arena project.
Will there be public hearings for residents to voice their opinions about the project?
Yes, as with any building project, there will be an extensive public planning and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process, with numerous opportunities for the public to weigh in. Fans are also welcome to send their thoughts and suggestions to the Warriors via e-mail at SFArena@gs-warriors.com.
What does this announcement mean? When will the groundbreaking take place?
This signifies the mutual commitment of the Warriors and the City of San Francisco to build a new arena on San Francisco Bay by 2017. A specific groundbreaking date has not been set, but construction is expected to last approximately three years.