As expected, the S.F. Board of Supervisors voted to approve the massive Hunters Point redevelopment project on Tuesday. "After years of debate," SF Appeal reports, "the Board of Supervisors gave first approval to a bevy of legislation that would allow Lennar Corporation -- in theory, of course -- to continue its transformation of San Francisco's southeastern sector from an empty shipyard polluted with nuclear runoff and toxic waste to what has been billed as a landmark, once-in-a-lifetime, city-transforming construction project."
In a 10-1 vote, with Supervisor Chris Daly as the dissenting voice, cheers and hugs (?!) broke out at City Hall.
The 720-acre project would add 10,500 residential units -- where, according to KTVU, "nearly a third of which would be priced for low-income residents" -- as well as 320 acres of parkland and open space, and "12,000 direct and 13,000 indirect jobs."
"This is a proud and historic day for all San Francisco and for all those who have worked for years to achieve this milestone," S.F. Mayor Gavin Newsom beamed in a written statement. "Together we have secured a critical engine for our city's economic future and embraced a new vision of jobs, housing and hope for the Bayview-Hunters Point community."
Cool, right? Well, according to voices of concern, the project could spark a "black flight" in the predominantly African-American neighborhood." But, as Supervisor Sophie Maxwell said after the vote, "There's a certain fear this will bring change to the Bayview. ... Well, I say, 'yes' and about time."