House Democratic Whip Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today announced the approval of $1.4 million in federal funds for the City of San Francisco for revitalization of Hunters Point Shipyard. Another $36 million was approved for the Navy to continue its environmental cleanup efforts at Hunters Point.
These funds were included in the Fiscal Year 2003 Defense Appropriations Conference Report, which constitutes a final agreement between the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on defense spending for the upcoming year. The measure passed the House this afternoon by a vote of 409-14.
"A safe environment is vital for lasting economic development. Environmental restoration at Hunters Point will ensure a healthier future for the residents of this community and spark the economic renewal that will lead to jobs and affordable housing," Pelosi said.
In January, the U.S. Navy and the City of San Francisco signed an agreement for the full cleanup and conveyance of Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Under the agreement, the Navy will give the city 88 acres for the development of much-needed housing and retail space. The transfer will be made in phases following cleanup of individual parcels.
The funding approved today is the fourth year in a row that money has been set aside for the shipyard, including $50 million in fiscal year 2002.
Todays bill also includes $7.7 million in fiscal year 2003 for medical
research at San Francisco facilities, including the University of San Franciscos
Department of Neurology Gallo Center and Northern California Institute for Research
and Education. It also includes $6.3 million for the U.S. Military HIV Research
Program and $7 million for the Defense Department's military-to-military HIV
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