Fremont re-entered the bidding Friday to become the new home of the Oakland A's by 2015 with a proposed 36,000-seat ballpark on land owned by the NUMMI auto plant.
Major League Baseball asked the city to submit stadium plans while it determines whether a suitable stadium site exists for the A's in the East Bay.
The city would buy the land in south Fremont and make about $62 million in infrastructure improvements — including a pedestrian bridge to a new BART station — while the A's would privately finance construction of the ballpark, between interstates 880 and 680.
The A's last year had considered two other Fremont sites before ending negotiations with the city and turning its attention to San Jose.
But Major League Baseball considers San Jose to be the territory of the San Francisco Giants, who oppose the A's moving to Santa Clara County.
To help the A's find their future home, baseball Commissioner Bud Selig formed a committee to determine if there is a viable location in the East Bay.
Since the committee formed, Oakland has proposed a waterfront stadium near Jack London Square, while Fremont, at the committee's request, pitched the NUMMI site.
A's co-owner Lew Wolff, who in recent months has dismissed reconsidering stadium opportunities in both Fremont and Oakland, said he hadn't seen the new Fremont proposal.
"All we're doing is waiting to here from Major League Baseball," he said.
Baseball spokesman Matt Bourne said that the committee has spoken with city officials and conducted telephone surveys regarding the viability of a Fremont stadium. But he would not say when the committee would present its findings to Selig.
The city's new plan would put the stadium on 120 acres at the southeast corner of Fremont and South Grimmer boulevards. The vacant parcel is at the northernmost edge of the NUMMI property and would not include any of the land occupied by the vehicle manufacturing plant.
Previous proposals to build a stadium near the Pacific Commons Shopping Center, west of Interstate 880 — as well as a second stadium just west of Interstate 680 and about a half-mile east of the new site — were scrapped because of complaints from nearby businesses and residents.
NUMMI was a major opponent of the previous stadium plans, but its scheduled closure in April makes available new land for a stadium that would have easy access to both I-880 and I-680, as well as a new BART station.
City Manager Fred Diaz said he has broached the plan to NUMMI officials, but hasn't received any feedback.
City officials say a ballpark would spur development at the NUMMI site, which, at 370 acres, is nearly as large as downtown San Francisco.
"There's acres and acres of land down there that's going to be reused," Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman said. "There's nothing that will stimulate that land getting used in the best possible way than the attraction of the ballpark."
Without a major catalyst, it could take 15 to 20 years to redevelop the site, Diaz said.
The city plans to make the area a redevelopment zone and use future redevelopment income to build the stadium and make infrastructure improvements, Diaz said.
Any firm proposal for a ballpark would go to Fremont voters.
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