Coalition of groups responds to shipyard redevelopment impact report 

A coalition of environmental and community groups filed a lengthy response to a draft environmental impact report that was prepared by The City regarding redevelopment plans at the shuttered Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.

“We are submitting this comment under protest for the inadequate extension of the public comment period which we believe unfairly penalizes the public’s review of this Draft Environmental Impact Report,” wrote Saul Bloom, executive director of Arc Ecology, in the cover letter.

In 21 pages of comments, the groups proposed alternative redevelopment plans and made the following arguments. The City will respond to the comments in the final environmental impact report.

* The City may be in violation of the State’s requirement to notify Native Americans by failing to notify representatives of the Ohlone People

* The project proposed in the report presents the most significant and substantial impacts of any of the five scenarios that were outlined in it

* The Brisbane Baylands is a better location for a new NFL stadium than the shipyard site

* There is “ample cause for concern” that the economic development and employment strategy associated with the redevelopment project “will not reach as far into the Bayview Hunters Point community as could reasonably be accomplished.”

* The report failed to meaningfully assess potential maritime port uses along the waterfront

* The report failed to present a robust study of the impacts of a substantial waterfront-oriented retail, food & entertainment district

* Characterization of the a bridge over Yosemite Slough as a transit?only or game-day traffic bridge for a proposed NFL stadium is “dishonest” and is an effort to evade regulatory review of what is essentially the proposed construction of an alternate Highway 101 Business Route equivalent.

* The report failed to accurately assess potential impacts from sea-level rise and the project’s likely impacts on the inland migration of tidal marsh habitat

The following groups signed off on the document, electronic copies of which can be requested by sending an email to

Arc Ecology
Golden Gate Audubon
Kristine Enea, resident of India Basin
Literacy for Environmental Justice,
Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter,
Scott Madison, former Chair, Hunters Point Shipyard Citizens Advisory
Urban Strategies Council
Visitation Valley Greenway Project
Visitation Valley Planning Alliance

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