SFWA: Warriors Scrap Plans to Move to Waterfront, Will Move to Mission Bay

By Mario Sevilla

Mon Apr 21st, 2014 3:05pm America/Los_Angeles

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The San Francisco Waterfront Alliance announced on Monday that the Golden State Warriors are moving to Mission Bay.

The SFWA said that the Warriors will be relocating to a 12-acre site at 16th and 3rd, only a few blocks south of AT&T Park.

The decision marks a major victory for the SFWA, a coalition of local community advocates. The group opposed the team’s plans to build an 18,064-seat arena at Piers 30-32 between the Bay Bridge and AT&T Park in San Francisco.

“Win for people who didn’t like old site, win for people want the Ws in SF, win for Ws,” a source close to the project told KRON 4′s Justine Waldman.

The SFWA raised several concerns about the proposed development, including traffic congestion that the arena would create and reduced views of the waterfront.

“The Warriors have shifted to a smarter alternative because the people, not just the politicians, became involved in the process,” said Art Agnos, former San Francisco Mayor.

Despite the proposed arena site’s proximity to San Francisco Municipal Railway, BART and Caltrain service, the opposition by the SFWA prompted the team to scale down their plans in hopes of gaining support.

Last November, group’s community relations director Buffy Martin Tarbox noted that the defeat of Propositions B and C — initiatives that would have allowed construction of a high-rise — was a wakeup call that voters don’t want waterfront developments that surpass the city’s height limit.

“It doesn’t matter how many designs the Warriors redo, it’s just not a good location for an arena of this size,” Tarbox said in November.

The Warriors have been seeking to move in 2017 from their current home at Oracle Arena in Oakland to a location in San Francisco.

KRON 4 is still waiting for a response from the Warriors.

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