Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says the city will soon reveal a site design for a ballpark at Howard Terminal that will allow it to skip some regulatory hurdles.
While addressing the Save Oakland Sports group at Ricky’s Sports Theatre in San Leandro at their December 13 annual fund-raiser, Quan said a forthcoming plan that includes a waterfront ballpark just 100 feet from the bay will avoid some building requirements, namely a review by the Bay Conservation Development Commission.
Quan added the Howard Terminal site just north of Jack London Square was originally zoned for a convention center. In addition, in a tantalizing aside, Quan said the property could “fit a baseball stadium and something else.”
She would not elaborate on the latter. Some believe the area could not only accommodate the A’s, but also an arena for the Warriors, who are attempting to build their own waterfront facility at San Francisco’s Piers 30-32.
Her comments bolster a belief a new focus for the A’s remaining in Oakland revolves around a downtown ballpark and not the Coliseum City project a few miles south. Although she again, noted both sites are equally viable. “Basically, we’re saying [to Lew Wolff], you’ve got to choose now,” said Quan.
Throughout her remarks Friday night and afterward, Quan was notably confident and bullish in her words. She went so far as to suggest if Wolff can’t make a decision, Major League Baseball should find a new owner who would. “If the current owner won’t, then you have to get someone else,” said Quan.
Who might interested in purchasing the team, if it is ever put on the market? “We have people with money in Oakland willing to help us,” she said.