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The ballpark will be located on a site that currently includes commercial warehouses, parking lots, and administrative offices for the Peralta Community College District. Renderings of the ballpark's exact footprint will be developed following input from the community as part of the design process.
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Our goal is to create the best ballpark experience for our fans, players, and community. Some of the most beloved ballparks in the league are integrated in a vibrant walkable urban environment, and we hope to achieve this in Oakland. We want our new venue to deepen our tie to Oakland.
We've spent the last year listening and engaging countless members of our community and know Peralta is the best location.
In order to design an "authentically Oakland" ballpark, we are establishing an authentic community planning process. Over the next nine to 12 months, we will continue to engage stakeholders at all levels. This process starts with Peralta, Laney, and immediate neighbors in Chinatown and Eastlake/San Antonio. We've put together a world-class urban planning and design team that will lead community meetings beginning this fall to set project principles and identify key opportunities and challenges. The project will evolve to reflect the input we receive and ensure that we are meeting our common goals. We have already begun preparations for the planning process, but we know that a successful plan will be built on input from the community, collaboration and shared values for Laney and the surrounding community.
The ballpark and ancillary development will be privately financed by the Oakland A's and the team's ownership group.
The broad outlines and related particulars of a land deal with Peralta and Laney have yet to be determined. We are excited about the prospect of partnering with the Peralta District and Laney College in this process over the coming months and years.
It is too early to say, but other new ballparks completed in recent years have cost in the many hundreds of millions of dollars.
Just as the A's have engaged a team of engineering, planning, architectural, environmental, and economic experts to assist us in this process, the Peralta District will be conducting its own due diligence process as we explore a potential partnership.
We believe there are opportunities for mixed-use development, consistent with the Laney facilities' master plan. This project can generate significant long-term revenue to support the college's educational mission and deliver a valuable and comprehensive community benefits package.
We will work with the Peralta Board of Trustees to find a new location for the District offices that can offer a modern office environment.
It is important to note that we are not proposing to build on the Laney College campus itself. The ballpark is proposed for the Peralta District Office site. We are working in partnership with Laney College and the Peralta Community College District to explore improvements to classrooms and the campus and surrounding areas.
Our goal is to advance Laney College's educational mission, and this includes maintaining or improving the quality of the athletic facilities. We will work with Peralta to find the best location for their offices.
We are currently exploring a larger partnership with Laney College and the Peralta District on adjacent property, including the large surface parking lot across the channel from the Peralta site.
The ballpark plan must lead to improvements to the area's infrastructure, including parking and other transportation options. We have developed a ballpark transportation task force that includes participation from the City of Oakland, BART, AC Transit, and the Alameda County Transportation Commission to create a comprehensive transportation plan. This plan should not only mitigate traffic issues on game days, but should also be a catalyst for pedestrian safety measures and congestion-reducing improvements.
Our project will include parking for Laney and Peralta students, faculty, and staff.
A new ballpark should strengthen the A's organization for the long-term while also advancing the educational missions of Laney College and the Peralta Community College District and protecting the historical legacy of the nearby neighborhoods.
At Laney College, we have held three open forums - one each for faculty, students, and staff. We also held open office hours at the Peralta District Offices and met with the Peralta Federation of Teachers, the four Peralta District college presidents, and key Peralta workforce development leaders. The process of engagement has only just begun.
A guiding principal for our project is to leave Laney College and the Peralta District stronger than they are today. The project must also add housing, including much-needed affordable housing, generate living wage jobs, and support existing residents and small businesses to ensure that they stay rooted in their neighborhoods.
We will host 81 regular season games annually at the ballpark. We are exploring other opportunities and events that can take place at the ballpark.
We strongly believe that the development plans must integrate into and enhance the surrounding natural landscape, furthering the vision of Measure DD to make the Lake Merritt Channel into a public amenity for the entire region. We also want to work with the City of Oakland and the community on a larger-scale plan for investment in other local neighborhood parks, such as nearby Madison Park.
As part of the community planning process, we will continue to engage neighborhood stakeholders and also conduct additional studies to ensure that noise from games and ancillary development isn't disruptive to Laney students or the surrounding areas.
We will work with city and county to develop a plan for infrastructure needed to accommodate a ballpark and surrounding related development.
Opening Day 2023.
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We are committed to opening the new ballpark as soon as possible, and it is equally important that we take the time to have a thoughtful, inclusive and thorough dialogue with all stakeholders for this project. Our process is:
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Accessibility and transportation were primary factors in our decision. This site has convenient access from BART, AC Transit, other forms of public transportation, and Interstate 880. The Peralta site is a short walk from the Lake Merritt BART station, the 12th Street BART station and will be accessible by AC Transit stops planned for just a few blocks away. It is also walkable from downtown Oakland and Jack London Square, where Amtrak and the ferry are located.
With such convenient access, and more than half of attendees not needing to drive, we expect that games at the new ballpark will take as many as 3,000 to 4,000 cars off the road per game.
To ensure that we create the most convenient experience possible, we have formed a working group with the City of Oakland, BART, AC Transit, and the Alameda County Transportation Commission to build a comprehensive transportation plan.
Oakland has been our home for 50 years. This plan will strengthen our tie to Oakland, and bring economic benefits to the community. The Bay Area Council Economic Institute has studied the economic impact a new ballpark could have on Oakland. The report determined:
Much of this economic impact will directly benefit local Oakland small businesses and Oakland's working families through increase job opportunities that pay living wages.
You can read more about our economic impact reports here.
The Peralta site is itself a collection of administration buildings, a parking lot and some commercial warehouses. Laney College is immediately adjacent to the site and the Eastlake neighborhood is within a few blocks. Further afoot, but within walking distance, are Oakland Chinatown, downtown and Lake Merritt.
We will work with urban planners to assist with the site planning process and ensure that we develop a project that is based largely on community input and works for the community. This will include new housing, including affordable housing, new space for small businesses and restaurants, public gathering spaces, parks and commercial real estate. We welcome and encourage your participation in this process.
We are working with the Oakland City Council on a framework for interim short-term development controls to help mitigate any impacts from the site announcement. These controls could include historical preservation measures, increased rent control protections and other policies to help current residents stay in the area. In addition, any housing built in connection with this project will include significant affordable housing designed to provide homes for current residents so they can continue to live in their neighborhood.
Yes, the project will include a strong community benefits plan developed in conjunction with the local stakeholders and the community at large.
Oakland has a housing crisis and we hope to be part of the solution. The project will include a robust housing plan, including affordable housing, for both the Peralta and Coliseum sites. It may also include teacher and student housing options to support Laney College.
We have begun plans to create workforce development and job placement programs in partnership with Laney College that will help students learn skills and gain employment in fields ranging from culinary arts to security, digital media and graphic design, and architecture and construction.
Yes. This project will bring change to Oakland. But change can be positive - if done right. We plan to spend a full year working directly with the community to build a project that enhances local cultural legacies, protects long term residents and celebrates the wonderful diversity of Chinatown, Eastlake and Oakland's many other neighborhoods.
The redevelopment of the Coliseum is part of our overall strategic plan and we will work with the City of Oakland and Alameda County on the re-uses for this site. We have carefully studied redevelopment opportunities for the Coliseum site. While it is a large piece of property, it is also six miles from downtown Oakland. Based on the nature and rate of development that is occurring downtown, we believe that the construction of a regional sports complex will best serve Oakland and the Bay Area as an initial anchor redevelopment project for the Coliseum site.
We plan to help create a regional sports complex, to include a recreational multi-use sports complex and an Urban Youth Academy for baseball and soccer. The new sports complex will be part of a broader public-private partnership between the A's and various agencies. The proposed plan includes substantial new housing options - including affordable housing - as well as a skills center, community gathering space, hotel, and office and retail development. This type of project will ultimately help the Coliseum site realize its full potential for the residents of Oakland for the long-term.
A new facility is necessary to compete at the top level for the long-term, and we want our fans and Oakland to have a state-of-the-art venue. With a new ballpark, we will be able to retain our players and build a more competitive team to bring Oakland championship-caliber baseball.
Recognizing the timeline for this project, we have invested more than $4 million in renovations to the Oakland Coliseum this season and will continue to make substantial improvements to the Coliseum as long as it is our home.
This plan can bring economic activity to Oakland and add to the vibrant urban community that already exists in Oakland. Read more about the economic impact here.
We are continuing the community engagement process and have a number of community town hall events being planned, dates to be announced soon. We will have numerous opportunities for our fans and the community to contribute and participate in this process. Please provide input to oaklandballpark.com.