Artists rendition of the Oakland A’s Howard Terminal Ballpark at Jack London Square in downtown Oakland (image from the San Francisco Chronicle)
Howard Terminal Ballpark – Lawsuit have 270 days of Life-
That’s Amaury News and Commentary
By Amaury Pi-González
OAKLAND–Howard Terminal New Ballpark. A huge project that would transform the City of Oakland.
-$12 Billion private investment
-$1 Billion for the construction of the ballpark
-3.000 units of housing
-1.5 million square feet of office space
-270,000 feet of retail space
-400 room hotel
-18 acres of parkland
-$450 million in community benefits
In 2014 California Judicial Council approves new court rules, (below)
- New court rules will significantly expedite the timeline for lawsuits brought under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to challenge the certification of the environmental impact report (EIR) or the granting of any project approvals that require the actions or proceedings for certain large “leadership” development projects certified by the Governor.
- For these leadership projects, the CEQA lawsuit, including appeals, must be resolved within 270 days of certification of the administrative record.
The A’s are facing two lawsuits, one by the Union Pacific Railroad Company and another by the East Oakland Stadium Alliance, which is a coalition of marine, port and transportation. Both lawsuits are challenging the certification of the ballpark’s environmental impact report, another important part of process to approve the project.
Most recent good news for the A’s came in early May, from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission which said a report that the land where the A’s proposed to build the ballpark is not needed by the Port of Oakland.
This was a preliminary recommendation, although a positive step, now the Commission will decide on June 30 whether to accept that recommendation. If that hurdle is cleared, the A’s are running between-second and third, on their way to score the new ballpark in Oakland.
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