Pelosi, Feinstein, Newsom announce federal funding
for Hunters Point shipyard cleanup
Newsom says redevelopment will not result in
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator
Dianne Feinstein today announced $82 million in federal funding
for the toxic clean up
of the Hunters Point Shipyard superfund site.
Photos by Luke
January 3, 2008
Joined by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Dianne Feinsten,
Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced $82 million in federal funding
for the toxic cleanup of the Hunters Point Shipyard superfund
This is a huge victory for San Francisco in general and
the Bayview Hunters Point Community in particular, Newsom
said. With these funds in hand, the City will be able to
continue moving forward with its plans to transform the long-shuttered
Shipyard from a environmental blight on the community into a world-class
location providing waterfront parks, thousands of jobs, affordable
housing and a major clean technology campus.
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Mayor Newsom, who made several trips to Washington D.C. in the
past year to persuade federal officials that the cleanup of the
Shipyard should be a major priority for the federal delegation,
praised the work of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Dianne Feinstein
in securing the cleanup money for the Shipyard.
At a time when the Department of Defense is spending less
and less money every year cleaning up closed, toxic military bases,
this level of funding is truly remarkable, Newsom said.
It is a testament to the strong leadership and commitment
of Speaker Pelosi and Senator Feinstein to get the Shipyard cleaned
up on time and in a manner that will allow us to implement the
communitys vision for revitalizing the City's southeastern
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
The federal funds will be used to prepare over 100 acres of land
at the Shipyard for transfer to the City at no cost, including
land slated for new housing, parks and approximately 25 acres
for a potential site for a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers.
Asked what assurances he could provide to the Bayview Hunters
Point community to allay fears of gentrification due to redevelopment,
Newsom told Fog City Journal: "Thats why 42 percent
of the work being done is being done by local builders on Parcel
A. Thats why 30 percent of all the housing thats being
developed out here on Parcel A is affordable housing. Thats
why were rebuilding public housing units, one-to-one replacement,
and providing mixed-income opportunities for people at all income
levels by rebuilding public housing. Thats why were
including protections and provisions that are very similar for
the rest of the project."
"One thing I will not do is sit back and do nothing, and
continue to see the rates of prostate cancer, breast cancer, cervical
cancer rise in the southeast sector - and asthma rates - because
we didnt have the courage to actually step up and actually
get something done. And thats something Im very proud
that weve advanced," Newsom said.