Warriors planning for redesigned waterfront arena

(KGO)
May 6, 2013 7:24:04 PM PDT
The Golden State Warriors take on the Spurs Monday night in the NBA playoffs. And while the battle is in San Antonio, another fight is taking here at home. It centers on the effort by the team's ownership to build a new arena in San Francisco.

The team's brass unveiled new details for San Francisco leaders on Monday morning, and will do the same for residents around the city's waterfront Monday night.

"This building is about people and places as much as it is about the objects in the arena and the cultural venue itself," said Craig Dykers the arena architect.

The new plan slightly reduces the proposed arena's height, pulls the arena back from the bay and adds more open space.

Dykers says it's a response to community concerns but instead of appeasing critics, vocal opponents say the changes should now force a redo of the environmental review process.

"We have to make sure that we slow down so things are not being done sloppily and that the citizens of this beautiful city have an ample opportunity to make comments on where this is going to go and what the design structure is going to be, and the possible impacts," said Buffy Martin Tarbox of the San Francisco Waterfront Alliance.

The Warriors announced last May that they hope to open the new arena on piers 30-32 by 2017.

Henry Karnilowicz, head of the South of Market Business Association predicts a positive trickle down effect.

"If they do well and they bring business, that business is going to eventually come into the South of Market. And the South of Market, after so many years, at last is starting to really blossom," he said.

The arena is planned to be built in Supervisor Jane Kim's district.

"For me, at this point, I'm neutral on the project. Like I said, I'm a huge Warriors fan but what is coming before us is a development and I think that we have to consider all of the potential impacts and how we can mitigate for those impacts because real residents live in this neighborhood," she said.

The San Francisco Planning Commission holds a hearing on Thursday.


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