OAKLAND -- The City of Oakland is moving forward with plans to build a new 39,000-seat ballpark and has solidified the choice for where it should be built: a waterfront parcel east of Fallon Street. The site has since been dubbed Victory Court after the street running through the area.
The city also is taking another major step toward the Victory Court plan by launching the environmental impact report process and is requesting public input. Comments should be directed to Peterson Vollman in the Oakland Community and Economic Development Agency by 4:30 p.m. Dec. 9.
Once the report is completed, Oakland will be neck-and-neck with San Jose, where A's owners Lew Wolff and John Fisher want to relocate the team. A completed report would deprive San Jose of one of its arguments for putting the A's in Santa Clara County. Their battle to move the A's to San Jose is further complicated by the fact that the San Francisco Giants have territorial rights in the South Bay.
The public will have a chance to weigh in on the plans Dec. 1 at an Oakland Planning Commission meeting. Those plans also include a retail, office and residential units along with 2,500 off-site parking places adjacent to the ballpark.
The plan is favored by Mayor-Elect Jean Quan. She announced her support during her mayoral campaign, saying that the city could rely on redevelopment money for the project. Those funds could be used to pay for the environmental impact report. The Oakland Planning Commission meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Hearing Room One, City Hall, One Frank Ogawa Plaza. Info: www.oaklandnet.com.