The Oakland A&#x27;s still have many steps to complete before their proposed ballpark and real estate project at Howard Terminal can come to fruition, but on...
The Oakland A's still have many steps to complete before their proposed ballpark and real estate project at Howard Terminal can come to fruition, but on Wednesday they received a bit of good news.
The Oakland City Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend certification of the 3,500-page environmental impact report that was released in December. This means that the EIR will go to a vote by the Oakland City Council, perhaps as soon as mid-February.
The A's proposal includes a 35,000-seat ballpark near the Bay along with up to 3,000 condominiums, up to 1.5 million square feet of office space, over 200,000 square feet of retail space, a performance center with a capacity of about 3,500, a 400-room hotel, and about 18 acres of publicly available outdoor space.
The Planning Commission held a four-hour meeting over Zoom that included ample time for the public to call in and comment. Many of those commenting urged the commission to not recommend the EIR for certification, citing potential increases in traffic congestion and questions about how fans would cross the currently unprotected train tracks that border the ballpark site, as well as environmental concerns. Some of those comments came from Port of Oakland businesses, which have been opposed to the A's moving to Howard Terminal since the project was proposed.
After the public comments — which also included several from residents who want the A's to stay in Oakland and believe the area around Jack London Square near downtown Oakland has been underutilized to this point — the six commissioners complimented the thoroughness of the EIR. Though there seemed to be a consensus among the group that certain questions regarding environmental and transportation worries still needed to be answered, the commission believes there is still plenty of time for more public feedback and discussion before the city council takes a vote.A's stadium project EIR moves forward with vote from Oakland City Planning Commission - The Athletic View Story