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I’ll just say that “Mission Bay” doesn’t really sound like an “inland site” to me, but whatever.
Here are your key quotes from this morning’s press release:
private, inland property,
no public property”
Oh, and what does “digitally fit” mean? IDK.
Here it is:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2014
WARRIORS MAKE A PLAY FOR MISSION BAY - Team Reaches Deal with Salesforce.com for Arena on Private Property in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO – The Golden State Warriors announced today terms have been reached with salesforce.com to purchase land in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, where the team intends to build a new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment center.
Terms of the deal were not announced.
“We believe Mission Bay is a perfect fit,” said Joe Lacob, Co-Executive Chairman and CEO of the Warriors. “It is a wonderful inland site in a dynamic part of the City that is convenient for fans from all over the Bay Area. We are buying private property, but the city will also get a new 5 ½ – acre waterfront park. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
“We’ve said all along we wanted to create a spectacular cultural destination for the City and the entire region,” said Co-Executive Chairman Peter Guber “This is about a shared cultural experience: going to a beautiful and inviting place to see a game, see a show, attend a convention. It will be easily accessible, state of the art, digitally fit, and second to none.”
Although specific details of the plan remain to be announced, the Warriors said previously discussed basic elements of the event center remain in effect: the arena will hold about 18,000 seats; it will showcase NBA basketball games as well as concerts, cultural events, family shows and convention activities; and it will be privately financed on private land, virtually unprecedented among major league sports and entertainment facilities in the U.S.
The new Warriors event center will be built on 12 acres of private, inland property, bounded by 3rd, 16th and South Streets, and Terry Francois Blvd.
The transaction with salesforce.com involves no public property and no public subsidy. There are no naming rights or sponsorship rights associated with the transaction.
The Mission Bay site is well served by public transportation, and borders Muni’s 3rd Street Light Rail. The location is also within a few blocks of Caltrain, and BART connects via an easy underground connection to Muni, both at Embarcadero and at Powell Station once the Central Subway opens in 2018. The Mission Bay neighborhood already has ample parking. And a new I-280 freeway connection at Mariposa Street will land less than a block away.
Mission Bay, a former redevelopment area that became the home of UCSF’s second campus, has been emerging as a modern urban center for the past 15 years. The Warriors new home will be within walking distance of several public plazas, parks, restaurants and retail corridors. AT&T Park is only a few blocks to the north; the Dogpatch, Potrero Hill and Bayview-Hunter’s Point neighborhoods are just to the south.
A key piece of the long-planned Mission Bay redevelopment puzzle, the build-out of this site, will also trigger the construction of a new five-and-a-half-acre waterfront park. Across Terry Francois Blvd. from the arena, the park will feature water-oriented activities and large lawn areas, which can accommodate a variety of recreational uses, similar to Marina Green.
“We’ve spent the past two years listening. We’ve learned a lot. We’re proud of the plans we’ve put forward to date, and we’re thrilled to announce this great leap forward,” said Rick Welts, President and COO of the Warriors. “We are looking forward to engaging with the neighborhood and, ultimately, making this site ‘Warriors Ground.’ This is our path to San Francisco.”
The Warriors first arrived in San Francisco in 1960 and played their first 11 seasons in the City by the Bay. The Warriors new ownership, led by Lacob and Guber, purchased the team in 2010. In 2012, the team announced plans to build a new sports and entertainment facility in San Francisco. The team has targeted the 2018-19 NBA season to debut its new arena.
Mission Bay by the Numbers
size of parcel (in acres)
Approx. # of seats in arena
Approx. height of arena (in feet)
Blocks to Caltrain
Blocks to Muni
Blocks to BART (via underground Muni connection)
Block to freeway
Existing parking spaces in Mission Bay
Current building height limit in Mission Bay (in feet)
Number of Top 25 U.S. cities (by population) without a large indoor arena (San Francisco)
Here’s a view of Market Street outbound at the Octavia intersection. All these people heading west to go home have to wait an extra ten seconds for the richers of Hayes Valley to drive their Audis, BMWs and Mercedes Benzeses onto northbound Octavia from inbound Market Street owing to a dedicated left turn lane with a left turn arrow. Why?
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Octavia Boulevard has been a disaster. The reason why is due to rich, land-owning “activists” of Hayes Valley having too much control over the process. Why on Earth should we shut down the intersection for 10 seconds each traffic light cycle just so that four, three, two, one, or sometimes zero luxury cars can turn onto Octavia?
Hey SFMTA! Don’t you want to speed things up for MUNI? So let’s just alter the light timing here and make any and all left turns illegal? If these people want to turn left to get north of Market, why don’t they make the turn legally at the intersection before and the intersection after, you know, where turning is less disruptive to everyone else?
No, it cannot.
And could McRoskey’s claim survive any kind of scrutiny?
No it could not.
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The reviews are IN - read away.
The Airflex is a lonely child
Who’s waiting by the park
The Airflex is a door to finding
Treasure in the dark
And watching over lucky clover
Isn’t that bizarre
Every little thing the Airflex does
Must be answered with a question mark
As seen on Market Street:
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SAMBO = SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya or Self-Defense Without Weapons.
Mmmm… This could come in useful on the mean streets of San Francisco.
But what these people need is a memorable logo like the one that Colorado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has.
In any event, they have a five star rating, Gentle Readers.
They’ve been here for a while. The construction crew is cool with it, but this arrangement can’t last much longer:
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Here’s the spiel for this brand new building, and they mention the names of many many local bidnesses and institutions, for some reason:
Arlequin To Go
Christopher Elbow Chocolates
They go on and on…
More after the jump.
This is the worst “hotel” that I’ve ever seen. Humanity has reached new lows here. As you walk down the halls, you see drunk / high people tumbling out of their rooms, reaching in every direction, screaming, and doing hard drugs in plane site. The sounds in this hotel are hellish — think Abu Ghraib — as you pass through, it sounds like people are being raped in every room — with screams/pleas for help coming from every direction — there are also children crying, dogs barking, yelling, and very loud music at all times of the day/night. Some guests were very violent; one huge/intimidating guy starting yelling at me — and I honestly feared for my physical well being. People walk their dogs throughout the interior, and I even saw a dog urinating on the hallway carpet. There are dead cockroaches everywhere. Bathrooms are communal. The rooms and hallways smell like a bizarre mixture of hard drugs and chemicals.
No one in their right might should stay here, and no right-minded person does. As for the homeless and insane: I suggest you try a park or the sidewalk. This is an horrifyingly dreadful place — like the worst parts of ‘Requiem for a Dream’ or ‘The Wire’.