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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Supes Give Blessing to Lennar Hunters Point Project

Posted By on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 7:05 AM

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If you had 1:35 a.m. in your Lennar Hunters Point Naval Shipyard pool as the hour the Board of Supervisors would vote on the massive project -- you're the big winner.

The board approved the Environmental Impact Report for the gargantuan redevelopment plan by an 8-3 vote this morning following at least 10 hours of meetings and oft-intense public commentary. Only supervisors Chris Daly, Eric Mar, and John Avalos gave the thumbs down.

To whittle the controversy over decades-long, contentious development project down to the bare minimum, it pitted developers and the building trades on one side against environmentalists -- concerned about toxic waste on the former shipyard and the impact of a bridge over a wetland -- and myriad forces concerned about gentrification of Bayview-Hunters Point on the other.

If you believe the most fervent supporters of either position, today's vote will either lead to a bonanza of jobs and transform Hunters Point into the land of milk and honey or lead to rampant gentrification while poisoning everone who treads atop the befouled ground.

Politically, Board President David Chiu apparently managed to both advance a massive redevelopment project -- opposing it would have potentially been a roadblock to higher office -- and keep his progressive credentials intact. He introduced amendments giving the city more oversight of the cleanup process and engineering of the controversial bridge, among others. This may have helped him get some political "cover" -- progressives Supervisor David Campos and Ross Mirkarimi also joined him in voting yes in the 8-3 tally.

With the EIR out of the way, a final vote on the project is scheduled for next month.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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