Green Light to Speed Up Oakland A’s Ballpark Development

Governor Jerry Brown just signed the Oakland Sports and Mixed-Use Project Bill (a.k.a. AB 734) to expedite the A’s development of the site. The proposed development plan is to build a Major League Baseball stadium in Oakland at Howard Terminal. It is to be a 50-acre waterfront site to the west of Jack London Square.

Render Source: MANICA Architecture

The bill the governor signed is no. 734, Chapter 959, which details this portion below:

The existing Oakland Coliseum is an aging facility with a maximum seating capacity of 59,326 seats that must be replaced to retain the Oakland Athletics baseball team. The City of Oakland desires to maintain the Oakland Athletics professional baseball franchise in the city by providing development opportunities that will allow the team to develop a state-of-the-art baseball park in the city, while maximizing the economic benefit of the sports team and its facilities for the city.

This bill would establish specified procedures for the administrative and judicial review of the environmental review and approvals granted for the Oakland Sports and Mixed-Use Project, as defined, located in the City of Oakland that is certified by the Governor as meeting certain requirements.

 

The bill is similar to the one which Governor Brown also signed to expedite the development of the new Golden State Warriors arena in Mission Bay, San Francisco – in that it requires that any California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) based challenges of a proposed Howard Terminal stadium project shall be resolved within 270 days of a project’s approval.

More renders below for Oakland A’s development plan:

Oakland Coliseum City Rendering

The development is definitely exciting news for Bay Area residents and the increased business in the community, but keep in mind that any redevelopment of the waterfront site would still require approval from the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the State Lands Commission and other regulatory agencies, not to mention from the City of Oakland, which shouldn’t pose any problem.

One might worry of the hard work behind the scenes though, as Lew Wolff – an American real estate developer who also owns sports franchises and currently serving as a co-owner of the San Jose Earthquakes – have characterized the redevelopment of the ballpark at Howard Terminal as being “as close to impossible as anything.”

Source: SocketSite, Biz Journals, CBS San Francisco, Oakland Tribune

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