S.F. Residents Sue to Block Homeless 'Navigation Center' on Environmental Grounds

A group called Safe Embarcadero for All is suing to block the construction of a homeless shelter on city-leased land across from piers 30-32 on the San Francisco waterfront.
July 11, 2019, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Opponents of a 200-bed Navigation Center planned for the Embarcadero filed a lawsuit against the project Wednesday in an attempt to stop the city from building the homeless shelter in their neighborhood," reports Trisha Thadani.

"Last month, the group was unsuccessful in trying to persuade the supervisors to overturn a unanimous April decision by the San Francisco Port Commission to grant the city a two-year lease on its 2.3-acre parcel across from Piers 30-32," according to Thadani.

This month, a lawsuit, which makes arguments similar to the appeal: "that the city failed to get the necessary approvals from the State Lands Commission, the agency that oversees waterfront development. It also argues that the city did not go through a proper environmental and design review and seeks a restraining order to halt the development from progressing until the lawsuit is decided."

A spokesperson for the city is quoted in the article saying the city followed all applicable land use laws when approving the navigation center, also implying that the opposition group is a "not in my back yard" (NIMBY) organization.

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Published on Thursday, July 11, 2019 in San Francisco Chronicle
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