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SF: We need more information about new Warriors arena

Work on a new Golden State Warriors (NBA) arena is still ongoing, but if reactions from two city committees are any indication, more education and information is needed.

A joint meeting of the Waterfront Design Advisory Committee and the Bay Conservation & Development Commission met yesterday to hear a presentation from Snøhetta’s Craig Dykers, project architect, on the status of the project. Several changes have been made to the waterfront project since previous meetings; still, the new arena is set at 13 stories and will be a major presence on the waterfront. From the San Francisco Business Times:

This proposal converts the area of the piers closest to the Embarcadero walkway into 90,000 square feet of retail space, with a landscaped park separating the retail area and the arena. The project will cost more than $1 billion to build, though the team says there’s no exact price estimate at this time. The arena itself has been designed to have a smooth, metallic-looking exterior, with a walkway bisecting the top and bottom halves. Dykers said the walkway takes pedestrians gradually up to the northeastern side of the arena before ending in an elevated view of the Bay Bridge and the surrounding area.

Commissioners asked about other specifics, including traffic flow, earthquake preparedness, security and more.

The arena plan is likely to be the subject of a public referendum in the fall elections.