Historic $82 Million for Hunters Point Clean Up

(December 19, 2007)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--Mayor Gavin Newsom announced today that the federal government has agreed to spend over $82 million on the cleanup of the Hunters Point Shipyard in the upcoming fiscal year.

"This is a huge victory for San Francisco in general and the Bayview Hunters Point Community in particular," said Mayor Newsom. "With these funds in hand, the City will be able to continue moving forward with its plans to transform the long-shuttered Shipyard from a environmental blight on the community into a world-class location providing waterfront parks, thousands of jobs, affordable housing and a major clean technology campus."

Mayor Newsom, who made several trips to Washington D.C. in the past year to persuade federal officials that the cleanup of the Shipyard should be a major priority for the federal delegation, praised the work of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Dianne Feinstein in securing the cleanup money for the Shipyard.

"At a time when the Department of Defense is spending less and less money every year cleaning up closed, toxic military bases, this level of funding is truly remarkable," said Newsom. "It is a testament to the strong leadership and commitment of Speaker Pelosi and Senator Feinstein to get the Shipyard cleaned up on time and in a manner that will allow us to implement the community's vision for revitalizing the City's southeastern waterfront."

The federal funds will be used to prepare over 100 acres of land at the Shipyard for transfer to the City at no cost, including land slated for new housing, parks and approximately 25 acres for a potential site for a new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers.