Warriors Mission Bay Arena Site

According to San Francisco’s master plan for the redevelopment of South Mission Bay, which was adopted back in 1998, buildings on Mission Bay Blocks 30 and 32, two of the four blocks upon which the Golden State Warriors are proposing to build their Mission Bay Arena, were not to exceed 90-feet in height.

Mission Bay South Height Limits: Original

The Warriors Arena, however, is designed to rise up to 135 feet.

Warriors Mission Bay Arena Revised Site Plan

In order to accommodate the Warriors’ arena, an amendment to the Mission Bay South development agreement was approved by the San Francisco’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure yesterday, raising the height limits for the two Mission Bay blocks.

Mission Bay South Height Limits: Amended

While the amendment didn’t garner as much attention as the approval of the Warriors Environmental Impact Report, it’s just as important. And in fact, it might be even more so.

Keep in mind that that a legal challenge of the City’s amendment of the Mission Bay South redevelopment plan isn’t limited by the Bill which Governor Brown signed into law earlier this year.

And if the Warriors are delayed and don’t break ground for the Mission Bay arena by the middle of 2016, the arena likely wouldn’t be ready for the start of the NBA’s 2018-2019 season as touted.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Bob Newlin

    dun dun duunnnnnn!
    (who cares)

    • Posted by SocketSite

      (Only those who are interested in actually understanding the challenges that remain, the Mission Bay Alliance’s, or other opponents, potential lines of attack, how a legal battle could extend beyond a year, and how all of these things could impact the project’s timing.)

    • Posted by Mark

      I agree. Haven’t SF residents learned by now that nothing gets done in this city without dealing with round after round of a million different hoops to jump through, idiots in office, senseless legal battles, NIMBY protests and just pure stupidity. Meanwhile, LA will open up the second segment of the Expo line in a few months. Across the Pacific, China just built several more subway and HSR lines. But hey, we’re wrangling over height issues spelled out in an outdated plan.

      • Posted by Bob Newlin

        Thank you. I think some of the writers at socketsite might be moonlighting from 48 hills. Clearly they were hoping Prop I would pass, and clearly they’re looking to highlight how legal challenges could sideline the new arena.

        • Posted by SocketSite

          If you conflate understanding with taking sides, or prefer to remain ignorant about what’s happening behind the scenes and potential challenges ahead (only to be caught by…surprise!), you’re seriously reading the wrong site.

          • Posted by Bob Newlin

            Your words certainly speak for themselves.

  2. Posted by Edward

    The Mission Bay Alliance is eventually going to lose and I think they know that. They have already lost in the court of public opinion with a majority of San Francisco residents supporting this project in every poll that has been taken. To drag this on with bogus lawsuits is really an abuse of the legal system and shows them to be a bunch of self-centered NIMBYs.

    • Posted by question

      Is there any way for community groups to demand transparency on the part of the Mission Bay Alliance?

  3. Posted by jamesjr

    1998? Really. The hospital across the street is taller than 90 feet.

  4. Posted by Dave II

    With the voting block in the city approving of this project in the 60% range, would it be prudent to put it to a vote. When it wins, would the Mission Bay Alliance back off seeing the results?

    • Posted by Elitist Pig

      They will probably just round up a fresh batch of complaints.

  5. Posted by Solutions Please

    So… the west side of the site does not have a limit. The arena going above 90′ would only block the view of the office towers they are building as part of their own project.

    The hospital is not in the 90′ zone.

    How tall are the buildings on parcel 28 and what looks to be X4?

    • Posted by SocketSite

      How tall are the buildings on parcel 28 and what looks to be X4?

      Limited by the original Mission Bay South redevelopment plan, the adjacent building on Block 28, which is currently leased to Gap, is six stories with 12-foot ceiling heights (i.e., under 90-feet in height).

  6. Posted by Stater of the Obvious

    The whole of Mission Bay is an ugly, boxy, glass clad, eyesore. The skyline is bland and uniform. If they could have a do over I bet the planners would have held a harder line against the Potrero NIMBYs and allowed for more height. At least the Warriors arena will add a little interest, something eye catching to this lego land “community”. 90 feet height limits slap in the middle of a city that claims to be a leader in new urbanism, is an embarrassment.

  7. Posted by Pablito

    The OCII should have raised the height limit another 15′. The Warriors plans clearly propose to excavate a giant hole and build the stadium floor 15′ below street level – putting it smack dab in the middle of rising tides / sea level. Not good planing to build giant basements this close to the bay.

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