Even before the City Attorney’s Office contended that development officials need to determine whether the 1990 environmental review of the Navy Broadway Complex still holds up today, one local group had already made up its mind.

Save Our Forest and Ranchlands, or SOFAR, told the city’s downtown planning board last week that the 16-year-old environmental impact report for the waterfront parcel is outdated, primarily because traffic congestion has “dramatically increased” downtown.

SOFAR urged the Centre City Development Corp. board to force a new review of the waterfront project, which has been billed as a key piece to the envisioned plan for the city’s “front porch.”

“What about the rest of the house?” SOFAR executive director Duncan McFetridge said.

Read SOFAR’s Oct. 3 letter here.

McFetridge would not say whether his group would appeal if the city’s Development Services Department decided that the 1990 review still held up.

“It’s one step at a time,” he said. “We always wait and see how decision makers take up the problem and deal with it.”


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