Mayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the certification by the Planning Commission of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on hosting the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco:
“This is an exciting moment in our efforts to bring the America’s Cup races to San Francisco, the only major international sporting event coming to the United States in the next decade.
I thank the Planning Commission for unanimously certifying the environmental impact report and allowing the project to move ahead and bring thousands of needed jobs and millions of dollars of spending to San Francisco in 2012 and 2013.
The certification of this EIR reflects the hard work and cooperation among City staff and our partners at the Americas Cup Event Authority, America’s Cup Race Management and the America’s Cup Organizing Committee.
We have a better project as a result of the rigorous and open EIR process that included valuable input from many individuals, groups and agencies across the Bay Area.
Some key changes to the original project include the preservation of Bay views from Rincon Point, additional mitigation measures to further reduce air quality impacts and a reduced scope of vehicle lane closure along the Embarcadero.
The certified EIR also allows us to begin work on our long-awaited Cruise Terminal, resulting in several hundred construction jobs, a new gateway for our growing cruise industry and a tremendous impact on our local economy.
I look forward to seeing the world’s fastest boats racing on San Francisco Bay in a little less than eight months.”
Last updated: 12/16/2011 9:39:22 AM