by Jonah Owen Lamb : sfexaminer – excerpt
Some supervisors have aired concerns regarding fees associated with UC San Francisco’s purchase of two Salesforce lots across the street from the property (above) bought by the Warriors for their future arena in Mission Bay.
Salesforce.com’s decision to sell a parcel of land in Mission Bay to the Warriors has overshadowed another land deal across the street that seemed like a foregone conclusion: UC San Francisco’s agreement to purchase two Salesforce lots for a new development.
While receiving little opposition in the past, the UCSF proposal raised hackles at the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee hearing Wednesday, when Supervisors London Breed, Scott Wiener and Marc Farrell each expressed concerns for what they saw as a deal in which The City got the short end of the stick.
Under state law, universities are not obligated to pay property taxes. But in order to build in Mission Bay, a redevelopment area still governed by a master plan, UCSF has to pay in-lieu fees equivalent to property taxes — approximately $39 million — until the development area dissolves in 2043.
But in negotiations, the school offered to pay all its in-lieu fees upfront on the property only if it could get a $7 million cut from the price tag: $32.1 million for infrastructure and $21.9 million for below-market-rate housing, both required by Mission Bay development agreements.
The offer initially pleased officials at the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure, who oversee Mission Bay, because it would allow them to begin construction on several housing developments now instead of waiting for the payments to come over the next 30 years.
But that plan did not sit well with several supervisors when Tiffany Bohee, who heads the office, stood before the committee Wednesday… (more)
This matter needs further consideration and a thorough review of the facts before any decisions are made on further development of the area. In this instance these city officials agree with issues that have concerned a lot people some time. We need to slow down the process and do a proper job of investigating all the facts before agreeing to every hair-brained scheme the developers dream up. Some people call this a CEQA review, and a number of appeals have been filed in the courts regarding upholding the laws that require them.