cityhall3.jpgThe San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider an appeal by opponents of a $1.5 billion project to transform Treasure Island.

The proposal would add up to 8,000 residential units, up to 140,000 square feet of commercial space and as much as 100,000 square feet of new office space to the island, as well as new and upgraded roads and infrastructure, including a new ferry terminal.

The city has been working to redevelop the 404-acre island in the middle of the Bay since the U.S. Navy closed its base there in 1997.

The San Francisco Planning Commission narrowly approved the project’s environmental impact report by a 4-3 vote in April, and last month, a Board of Supervisors committee voted in favor of the plan.

But before the project could go in front of the full board, on May 11 a group of environmental advocates and other opponents of the plan filed an appeal that seeks to overturn the Planning Commission’s approval of the plan.

The opponents include Golden Gate Audubon, Sierra Club, Arc Ecology and Aaron Peskin, former president of the Board of Supervisors.

Among the complaints in the appeal, opponents argue that the environmental review did not adequately address various impacts of the project, including increased congestion on the Bay Bridge, and the island’s vulnerability to flooding from a tsunami or liquefaction during an earthquake.

Although the board meeting starts at 2 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, the opponents’ appeal will not be considered until 5 p.m.

Supervisors have a busy agenda for Tuesday’s meeting–besides the Treasure Island issue, the board will also consider an appeal of the environmental review of the North Beach Public Library, and is also expected to give final approval to a plan to revamp the Parkmerced complex near San Francisco State University.

For more information about the Treasure Island redevelopment project, visit

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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