In a letter to the San Francisco County Transportation Authority on Monday, Wiener asked that the agency do an independent audit to “calculate the cost of enhancing transportation service — transit, bike, and pedestrian — to meet the increased demand created by the project.”
Wiener said the project is “a unique opportunity” to both bring the basketball team back to The City and to redevelop a dilapidated part of the waterfront. He also noted that The City has a history of “approving projects that pay either very little or even nothing to account for their transportation impacts.”
Planning for the arena is underway. One future step in the project timeline is for the Board of Supervisors to approve a term sheet in which the final contractual obligations for the project, including how much the developer would have to pay to help offset transportation impacts, are set.
Wiener said in the letter that having an independent audit would give lawmakers “a much stronger position to evaluate the term sheet and ultimate development agreement presented to us.”