State court of appeals approves Warriors Mission Bay arena

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)—The California State Court of Appeals has decided to let the Golden State Warriors move forward in building an arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood.

The ruling was approved in a 3-0 by the First District Court of Appeal.

It upheld a ruling by the Supreme Court allowing the basketball team to break ground on the project.

“We’re very pleased with the Court of Appeal’s thoughtful and comprehensive ruling,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera said. “It shows that a rigorous environmental review was conducted. Both the trial court and the appellate court have affirmed that convincingly. We’re confident the environmental review and approval process for this project will withstand any legal challenges. This event center is an important civic priority that has been thoroughly scrutinized and has won overwhelming support every step of the way.”

A group against the project, Mission Bay Alliance, filed a legal challenge claiming the environmental review was not accurate.

Mission Bay Alliance said it is disappointed in the ruling.

“The Mission Bay Alliance, Jennifer Wade, and SaveMuni are deeply disappointed with today’s court ruling,” Mission Bay Alliance said in a statement. “Our legal team is reviewing the ruling and considering options. We believe that the proposed Warriors’ arena is incompatible with the Mission Bay South neighborhood and would result in blocked access to UCSF hospitals, dangerous air pollution, and traffic gridlock throughout the community.”

Warriors President and COO Rick Welts praised the decision by the a appeals court.

“We are very pleased by the Appellate Court’s ruling,” Welts said in a statement.

No word yet on when the team will break ground to start building the new arena.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was also pleased with Tuesday’s decision and believes the new arena will bring more jobs to the area.

“As a world class city, we’ve just upped our game with a world class arena that will bring home our Golden State Warriors,” Lee said in a statement. “The state-of-the-art sports and entertainment arena will provide a venue for a new-level of cultural events in our City and the Mission Bay neighborhood. The arena will also create new permanent jobs for our residents and millions of dollars in additional revenue for our City.”

Stay with KRON4 News for updates on this developing story.


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