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San Fran making a push to keep the Niners

At a time when Santa Clara is moving closer to building a new home for the 49ers, San Francisco has taken a big step toward keeping the team in the town where it always has played.

Specifically, an environmental review has been completed of, per the San Francisco Chronicle, the most ambitious redevelopment project in the city since the 1906 earthquake.

This is a major milestone,” Michael Cohen, head of San Francisco economic development office, told the Chronicle. “It’s the kickoff of the final stretch.”

Last month, the Santa Clara city council voted to utilize a California law permitting a proposed $937 million stadium to be constructed without public bidding, which allows the 49ers to hand pick the general contractor.

So the winners are, indeed, the 49ers. They now have two competing projects, which allows the team to play one against the other in the hopes of cutting the best possible deal.