WASHINGTON – Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-SF) praised the agreement announced Thursday between the City and the Navy that calls for the cleanup of the 520-acre Hunters Point Naval Shipyard at levels that will allow the full implementation of the community’s reuse plan.
"Today’s Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is a long awaited first step in fulfilling the promise of Hunters Point as a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood," Pelosi said Thursday. "It is of special importance that the Navy has agreed to retain protection and maintenance responsibilities, including dedicated police and fire services, until the bulk of the property is transferred."
"As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have been pleased to work with Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and our Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. to achieve our goal," Pelosi said.
The Navy was spurred into action this summer when the House Appropriations Committee, acting at the request of Pelosi, directed the Navy to "take all necessary steps" – including providing funding – to clean up the Superfund site.
The Hunters Point Naval Shipyard consists of 520 acres. Its predominately African-American community has waited since 1974 for it to be converted to community use. It was declared a Superfund site in 1989 and the Navy shut its doors in 1991. Although a significant amount of funding for the remediation effort has been spent, the results have been minimal.
The first 88-acre residential parcel will be transferred to the City 30 days after execution of the final agreements, which should be concluded by January 1, 2001. At this point, conversion of the Shipyard can finally begin. Remaining parcels will be transferred on a phased basis following cleanup, with three key parcels totaling 270 acres to be transferred over 2001-02.
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