FREMONT — Lew Wolff will give the City Council a progress report Tuesday on his proposal to build a ballpark village in Fremont, city officials said.

Will the A's co-owner file the much-anticipated development application? Or perhaps deliver an economic report touting the development's benefits?

City officials say they don't know.

"We are not sure specifically what (Wolff) is going to address," Fremont Economic Development Director Daren Fields said.

"I think he's giving a general update, trying to put some timelines (on the project), but we don't know for sure," Mayor Bob Wasserman added.

When reached by phone in his Los Angeles office Friday, Wolff also didn't reveal much about what he will tell council members.

"Come to the meeting and find out," Wolff said.

The report will be the second time in 31/2 months Wolff would formally address Fremont's five-member City Council.

He made a presentation Jan. 16, when he reiterated his plans to build a massive development of housing and retail around a $500 million ballpark called Cisco Field, which would seat roughly 32,000 people.

The ballpark village would have up to 2,900 housing units (mostly townhomes) mixed with 500,000 square feet of stores, restaurants and at least one hotel, according to the A's.

Two weeks ago, Wolff filed a onepage document that city officials called "an application to negotiate a development agreement." The A's made a

$500,000 deposit with the filing.


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However, the ballclub has not yet filed a development application, which would kick-start the city's planning and environmental review process.

Wolff has said he will file that application when he finalizes the deal to acquire control of the 143-acre Fremont parcel where he hopes to build the ballpark.

Cisco Systems Inc., a San Jose tech company, has a 34-year lease to control the land, which is owned by ProLogis (formerly Catellus), a Denver-based tech giant.

In November, Wolff joined Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers at a news conference announcing that deal.

But as of Friday, that deal had not been completed, city officials said.

"I really don't know what the holdup is with ProLogis. That's strictly a private land deal," Wasserman said. "There probably are a dozen attorneys that have to review it. Those kinds of deals take time."

Wolff, who has been meeting with Fremont staff members as often as twice a month since December, now controls or plans to control more than 200 acres adjacent to Pacific Commons shopping center and west of Interstate 880.

Also adjacent to the proposed ballpark village is Scott Specialty Gases, a semiconductor manufacturer that emits highly toxic materials.

A's and city officials have said that the business would have to be relocated if Cisco Field is built.

Wolff was asked Friday if he had made any progress in talks with Scott Specialty Gases. "No," he replied.

A spokeswoman for Scott Specialty Gases declined to comment.

Contact Chris De Benedetti at (510) 353-7002 or cdebenedetti@angnewspapers.com.