On the agenda for San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors tomorrow afternoon, a resolution intended to streamline negotiations between the City and the Golden State Warriors in a bid to build a legacy new arena upon Piers 30-32.
The key points of the resolution as proposed:
1) finding that the competitive bidding policy set forth in Administrative Code Section 2.6-1 does not apply to the potential real estate transaction involving Port property at Piers 30-32 and part of Seawall Lot 330 with GSW Arena LLC (GSW), an affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, for development of an arena and other facilities and endorsing sole source negotiations with GSW for that purpose;
2) endorsing the Port Commission’s designation of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) as the lead negotiator of the proposed transaction, in coordination with Port staff and subject to the Port Commission’s direction;
3) urging OEWD and the Port to engage in outreach to affected and interested neighbors, community members and other stakeholders to ensure that the proposed project is designed with maximum public input;
4) urging OEWD and the Port to work closely with State agencies having jurisdiction over any of the site, including the State Lands Commission and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, to develop the project description;
5) urging the OEWD Director, the Port Director and other City officials to make evaluation of the proposed project among their highest priorities and take all appropriate steps to negotiate an exclusive negotiation agreement with GSW; and
6) acknowledging that the City may commence environmental review of the proposed project under CEQA if and when the Board of Supervisors makes the required findings of fiscal feasibility and responsibility under Administrative Code Chapter 29.
The rational for making the negotiations “sole source” with noncompetitive bidding for the development rights of the Piers include the “regional civic attributes of the Warriors, the unique opportunity presented by GSW’s proposal to build a new multi-purpose facility,” and “the public benefits to the City and the region that the proposed Project would produce.”
∙ ESPN Source: Warriors Are Committed To Moving To San Francisco [SocketSite]
∙ The Plans For A Legacy San Francisco Warriors Arena Upon The Piers [SocketSite]
∙ Warriors Arena Sole Source Negotiations Resolution [sfbos.org]