Treasure Island Development Gets Another Hearing

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A plan to develop Treasure Island could take one step closer to becoming reality Monday.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee will vote on a plan to redevelop the San Francisco island that connects the City with the East Bay Monday.

If approved the plan would go to the full San Francisco Board of Supervisors for final approval.

The plan to develop the former military base for residential use has not been without controversy.

The $1.5 billion plan would construct high-rise apartments on  the island made of dredged bay fill in 1936.

Critics worry that the island will be susceptible to tsunamis and earthquake damage, while others are concerned it will add traffic congestion to the already cluttered Bay Bridge.

Although bus service will be provided to and from the island, it's not clear whether there will be a dedicated transit lane on the bridge, allowing commuters to zip past traffic jams.

Part of the construction would involve driving deep pilings to anchor buildings in the event of an earthquake.

The full board could vote on the plan in June.

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