Shipyard votes planned for Thursday 

An epic hearing scheduled Thursday could help shape the future of the shuttered Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, which is planned to be redeveloped.

Commissioners that oversee San Francisco’s planning department and redevelopment agency could vote Thursday to certify an environmental impact report and approve specific plans for a 702-acre redevelopment project centered at the shipyard.

“It’s all of the items that have to be put into the code and into the law for the whole project to go forward,” Planning Commission chairman Ron Miguel said.

The Board of Supervisors and scores of other government agencies will also be asked to rule on aspects of the plans.

The project could bring more than 10,000 new units of housing and renewed economic vitality to an area that was devastated after the Navy ended its operations several decades ago.

But the plans make some Bayview neighborhood residents nervous because the cost of living in the area could skyrocket. Environmental and dust-related health impacts from grading operations are also a concern.

Master developer Lennar Corp. scheduled a media tour of the shipyard Wednesday in advance of Thursday’s hearing.

Thursday’s hearing, which is scheduled to begin 1 p.m. in Room 250 at City Hall, could run well into the evening.

 

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