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A’s Howard Terminal Pitch Draws Opposition from Port Stakeholders

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Some Port of Oakland stakeholders are speaking out against a proposed Oakland A’s ballpark at Howard Terminal, citing concerns over how it will affect port operations.

The Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal is being targeted by the A’s for a proposed project that would include a new ballpark to replace RingCentral Coliseum. In addition to a new ballpark, the concept for Howard Terminal calls for new mixed-use development to be constructed at the site, including housing units, retail, office space, open space, and more.

Throughout the ongoing discussions about the plan, various representatives of industries that conduct business at the port have expressed fears about the proposal, citing concerns such as how it would affect existing operations. During an Oakland City Council meeting on Tuesday, representatives from companies and unions with operations at the port spoke out against the project. While there were reportedly other speakers in attendance that spoke positively about the plan, some port stakeholders were clear in their opposition. More from SFGate:

[GSC Logistics] CEO Scott Taylor cited a report that said the Port of Oakland could run out of space by 2030 or 2050, depending on the rate of growth. The council asked for a copy of the report but it was not immediately clear whether they received one.

Taylor said that there is a “memo going throughout the industry advising vessel lines and terminal operators to bypass Oakland if a stadium is built.”

“The future of Oakland, the economic engine of Northern California, the jewel of the Bay Area, is the Port of Oakland supporting thousands of thousands of jobs,” Taylor said.

Members of the ILWU also spoke in opposition to the project. Union Vice President Melvin McKay said that the council had not yet discussed it with his members.

The A’s have pitched the Howard Terminal ballpark for a 2023 opening, but plenty of steps remain in order to bring the plans to fruition. Along with a new ballpark at the Howard Terminal site, the A’s are proposing a redevelopment of the Coliseum complex that would include an amphitheater to replace the Coliseum, new construction in the existing parking lots, and the operation of Oracle Arena–the now former home of the Golden State Warriors–for a variety of events.

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