Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced a 16-member Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) has been formed to provide community input and help guide the public review and approval process for building a privately-financed, multi-purpose recreational facility on Piers 30- 32 in time for the 2017-2018 NBA basketball season.
“Public input and review is critical to the success of building a state-of-the-art, privately-financed, multi-purpose Warriors waterfront arena that will create jobs and strengthen San Francisco’s economy,” said Mayor Lee. “I look forward to working with the members of the Citizens Advisory Committee to develop a legacy project on our City’s waterfront that is inclusive and reflective of our diverse and world class City.”
“San Francisco is committed to working together with the Golden State Warriors team, my colleagues and dedicated citizens to develop a project that is good for the neighborhood and for the entire City,” said Board President David Chiu. “I look forward to being a part of this exciting partnership and project.”
“I promised constituents in my district that there would be a meaningful and robust community engagement process with direct access to the project sponsor at the earliest stages of the process and the formation of this CAC is the fulfillment of that commitment,” said District Six Supervisor Jane Kim.
The CAC is comprised of residents and small business owners in the nearby communities of South Beach, Rincon Hill, Mission Bay and South Park, as well as community stakeholders with expertise on a variety of citywide topics, including housing, open space, youth issues, workforce development, organized labor, access for people with disabilities, non-profit administration, maritime commerce, environmental protection and transportation.
The CAC members are:
1. Jack Bair – Senior Vice President & General Counsel for the San Francisco Giants
2. Gordon Chin – Retired affordable housing advocate and Former Executive Director of the Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC)
3. Marty Coressel – Resident of South Beach and member of South Beach, Rincon, Mission Bay Neighborhood Association
4. Ramon Hernandez – Business Manager for LiUNA! Laborers Local 261
5. Amandeep Jawa – San Francisco League of Conservation Voters
6. Katy Liddell – Resident of South Beach and President of South Beach, Rincon, Mission Bay Neighborhood Association
7. Allan Manalo – SoMa Stabilization Fund Citizen Advisory Committee member
8. Eric McDonnell – Resident of District 10 and Executive Vice President at United Way of the Bay Area
9. Ron Miguel – Resident of Potrero Hill and former Planning Commissioner
10. Tiffany Pisoni – Red’s Java House located at Piers 30-32
11. Alice Rogers – Resident of South Park and Treasurer of South Beach, Rincon, Mission Bay Neighborhood Association
12. Cristina Rubke – SOMA resident, Commodore of Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors (BAADS), San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board member
13. Sunny Schwartz – Resident of SoMa and community advocacy consultant
14. Mimi Silbert – President of Delancey Street Foundation and Headmaster at Life Learning Academy
15. Dan Nguyen-Tan – Bicycle, pedestrian, transportation, and small business advocate for Public Bikes located in South Park
16. Jamie Whitaker – Resident of Rincon Hill and blogger for Rincon Hill
Under the proposal, the City will enter into a long-term lease with the Warriors. The team will pay the upfront costs to refurbish Piers 30-32, estimated at $100 million, and privately finance the construction of a state-of-the-art entertainment facility. The proposed 17,000- 19,000 seat arena would provide a spectacular new venue not only for NBA basketball, but also for major conventions, top-name concerts, and important cultural events.
The project will create thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars in expanded economic activity, sustain local businesses and create new ones, and add revenue to the city to support city services and fund local programs.
"We intend to work with our neighbors, and with the city, to put forward the best possible project,” said Warriors President and CEO Rick Welts. “We recognize the importance of the location. We look forward to creating the most beautiful sports and entertainment complex in the nation, and to bringing people closer to the Bay in this beautiful waterfront location.”
The CAC will hold four meetings by October that range in topics, including:
· Thursday, August 23: Overview of the CAC and Introduction on Water & Land Regulatory Use
· Thursday, September 6: Transportation and Overview of the Embarcadero Corridor
· Tuesday, September 18th: Urban Design Principles and Introduction of GSW Design Team
· Tuesday, October 16th: Golden State Warriors Project Description
For more information on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the Piers 30-32 project, please visit the web site of the Port of San Francisco: www.sfport.com