Port Of Oakland In Talks Over Possible Future Home For A’s

1396044595-oakland_a_s_howard_terminal_-_view_2The continuing saga over where the Oakland A’s will eventually end up has a new chapter.  The Port of Oakland is now in “official” talks with a group of local business leaders as reported in the East Bay Express.  “Port commissioners approved on Thursday a 10-month exclusive negotiating agreement with Oakland Waterfront Ballpark LLC to study the construction of a 38,000-seat ballpark at Howard Terminal.

Now, comes the hard work. “This is just an opportunity for ten months to talk,” said Pamela Kershaw, the port’s director of commercial real estate. The ENA calls for the ballpark group to deposit $100,000 with the port, half of which can be used to fund various studies on the 50-acre property. The agreement may also shed details on the feasibility of the site for a ballpark and its costs to investors and the public. “A’s fans are really ready to get some answers to these question,” said John Henson, who is part of a fan group seeking a new ballpark for the A’s — Oakland Fan Pledge.”

Initial plans call for a continuation of the mixed development of the region south of Jack London Square.  Retail, Restaurants and Housing would all be included along with some of the light industrial that exists in the area.  Oakland leaders and sports fans are aggressively working to keep the team in Oakland, as well as providing a potential future home for the Warriors as well if their plans for an arena in San Francisco don’t come to fruition.

Rendering courtesy of MANICA Architecture