Lawsuit Means Treasure Island Eco-Paradise Lost -- for Now

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    Plans to transform Treasure Island into its own private urban utopia have been put on hold. Image via Treasure Island Community Development.

    Would you like to live in a condominium tower in the middle of San Francisco Bay in what's promised to be an eco-friendly housing development? Before you answer that question, city leaders will need to answer a legal appeal.

    The ambitious redevelopment of Treasure Island, the drastic makeover of the former Navy base already over 10 years in the making, promises to drag out even longer after environmentalists filed an appeal of the project's environmental impact report.

    The city of San Francisco and developer partner Lennar Corporation want to convert Treasure Island into a transit and eco-friendly condominium farm, with place for 19,000 residents, up from the current 2,400 who call the man-made landfill home.

    But the new buildings and 8,000 new total homes come at an environmental cost, the exact toll of which was not covered by the project's existing environmental impact report, according to a coalition of former city leaders and environmentalists.

    The appeal of the EIR was filed by former San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, the Sierra Club and Treasure Island resident Kenneth Master.

    The report did not fully consider Bay Bridge traffic and affordable housing units, the coaliton alleges.

    The board will hear this appeal at their June 7 meeting. The appeal holds up the development project because the City will need to carefully consider if the current environmental report is adequate. If it is not, more lawsuits could result, threatening to ensare the project even further.