Environmental study begins
for Candlestick redevelopment
By Mike Aldax
July 1, 2007
An environmental impact study has begun on a proposal that would
bring a new professional football stadium for the San Francisco
49ers along with homes and businesses to Candlestick Point and
the site of former Hunters Point Shipyard, it was announced this
Consultant group EIP Associates/PBSJ, which was chosen to conduct
the report by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, already
began formal work on the study last week, according to a spokesman
for Lennar Corp., the Miami-based company managing the redevelopment
The report deadline is mid-2009, the spokesman said. Along with
a new football stadium, the redevelopment would include office
space, a mix of market-rate and low-income housing, and two new
waterfront communities at Candlestick Point and the site of the
"We have created a plan that provides much deserved housing
and economic opportunities for people living in the Bayview Hunters
Point neighborhood while providing he 49ers their best option
to remain in the city where the team has created so many memories,"
said Kofi Bonner, president of Lennar Urban's Bay Area Division.
"With the start of the EIR, San Francisco has signaled to
the community and the 49ers that the redevelopment in these neighborhoods
is a priority."
The conceptual plan would include a shoreline park and trail
system combining the best features of Crissy Field and Golden
Gate Park, Lennar said. The neighborhoods would feature pedestrian
walkways providing direct access to recreational and natural areas.
The development proposal boasts better public transit for football
fans and residents, including connections to Caltrain, light rail
and bus rapid transit routes, according to Lennar.
The plan would also improve traffic flow and parking for game
day, the company said.
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