A 30-person committee charged with addressing community concerns about a 32,000-seat ballpark for the Oakland A's is expected to meet several times throughout the summer before coming to Mayor Chuck Reed with recommendations.
A 30-person committee of San Jose business leaders and citizens charged with addressing community concerns about a 32,000-seat ballpark for the Oakland A's is expected to meet several times throughout the summer before coming to Mayor Chuck Reed with recommendations .
San Jose is working to land the Oakland A's, who have apparently settled on a 14-acre site on the edge of downtown San Jose as the best place for a new ballpark. There are some issues to be worked out — like San Francisco's territorial claim — so a new ballpark is far from a done deal.
But San Jose has already done a lot of prep work on a new ballpark. The city already controls most of the 14-acre site, which is also projected as a hub for local and high-speed transit, while the city council has approved a set of principles for guiding ballpark development, including a demand that the A's pay for the ballpark construction and that it provide a tangible financial return to the city.
The committee is expected to address many of the more mundane details of ballpark development, as in how to minimize the impact on the surrounding neighborhood.
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