Warriors Mission Bay Arena Rendering: 11/3/15

San Francisco’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure has approved the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Golden State Warriors proposed Mission Bay Arena, but opponents have ten days to file an appeal, an action which is likely to be championed by the Mission Bay Alliance.

Having been certified an Environmental Leadership Project by Governor Brown, legal challenges based on the arena’s identified parking, aesthetics and traffic impacts will be mostly off-limits, and the timeline within which any EIR-based challenges will need to be resolved will be capped at a little under a year.

All that being said, other non-EIR-based legal challenges likely await the Warriors as well. And if the team doesn’t break ground by the middle of 2016, the Mission Bay arena likely wouldn’t be ready for the start of the NBA’s 2018-2019 season.

24 thoughts on “City Approves Warriors Arena Impact Report But Challenges Remain”
  1. The key point is other legal challenges. This will be tied up in courts for years and years and my guess is the Warriors will never build here. They will sell off the off property M entitled land to for a nice profit.

    Its not just the percolating Oakland Coliseum City, Santa Clara wants to add the Warrior to their belt. Or mid-Peninsula close to a freeway.

    The question now is when will the Warriors stop refining the design as they have to know this ain’t happening.

    1. your opinion is absurd. this is pretty much a done deal. this will get built and I think it will even start next year, although maybe a little behind schedule. the majority of the city wants this. its good for SF, for Mission Bay and for the Warriors.

      1. It doesn’t really matter what the majority of the city wants – what matters is whether the court finds it legal.

        We are not a third world banana republic where the loudest and most violent crowd always wins it way.

        We – San Francisco – follow the rule of law . And whether or not a court finds this is legal is still very much up in the air.

        A lot of people with enough money to hire good attorneys might file suit – and if they do – they will drag it out til they either win or til they get tired of spending their money….

    2. Uh, this is one of the designated projects by the state which seriously limits how lawsuits apply. What’s you’re beef?

    3. No DAVE, wrong again. Governor Brown signed a nice bill a few months back stating any legal challenge to the EIR must be settled by the Courts within 290 days of filing. So, years and years of litigation is not happening. You try so hard DAVE but always come up short.

      Your beloved Warriors will be playing the 2019 season in San Francisco.

      [Editor’s Note: Keep in mind that while the Bill which Governor Brown signed earlier this year, certifying the development as an “Environmental Leadership Project,” limits the scope and time frame for legal challenges related to the EIR, as we first reported and noted above, it doesn’t exclude other litigation, such as a challenge of the arena’s fit within the parameters of the original Mission Bay Land Use and Development Plan (which we’ll delve into later this week or next).]

    4. Your statement that the Warriors arena proposal will drag on in court for years is wrong. Last year Governor Brown granted the Warriors arena an exemption from any long drawn out CEQA legal battles based on legislation that had already been passed by the legislature and signed by the governor. Under that legislation, any legal challenge to the Warrior project must be completed within one year. After that any legal challenges are prohibited.

  2. GSW management should collect a complete list of names of ALL OPPOSED FILING CHALLENGES and rightfully list these rich folks on LIFETIME DENIED ADMITTANCE TO GAME BOX SEATS…as fair is fair 🙂

    1. Make the alliance’s names public and they’ll have a whole lot of neighbors/community groups/passionate sports fans to give a fudge about.

  3. I look forward to seeing some terrific concerts at the new Warriors Arena, instead of heading to San Jose.
    The view while enjoying the grass in the bayside park is going to spectacular.

    1. I like your more optimistic view. I like pro basketball, but I love live music. I hate going to San Jose for anything.

  4. Like it all you want, but all the opponents have to do is delay, delay, delay by throwing lawsuit after lawsuit after lawsuit in front of the Warriors proponents. In the words of Ho Chi Minh: Fight, Fight…Talk, Talk…

    1. yup, all the opponents have to do is slow the game down, just like the Grizzlies did last night. I expect a similar score.

      1. That’s an unfortunate use of a basketball analogy since the Warriors went on to throttle the Grizz by 50 points.

        [Editor’s Note: We’d be willing to bet that was Jake’s point.]

      1. After the big wins on Pier 70 last time and the Giants’ development yesterday, I think (hope) that a lot of the wind will come out of the sails of the “take it to the people” crowd. If anything I think a Warriors-based initiative would be favored by the people even more than was the Giants’.

        1. that’s one thing you haven’t heard the MBA mention lately, is an election. I think they realize too that the Warriors would win at the ballot box. So their game plan is to sue, appeal, and delay the process every chance they get.

  5. If the Mission Bay Alliance is so concerned about the arena’s traffic impact on patient access to the hospital then why didn’t they raise objections when it was first proposed to build the hospital next to ATT Park? Can the Mission Bay Alliance cite even ONE example anywhere in the country of a patient died on their way to the hospital due to traffic congestion cause by a nearby sports arena?

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