San Francisco — The Bay Area Council today (June 30) hailed a decision by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission removing the port priority use designation on Howard Terminal at the Port of Oakland and allowing the Oakland A’s to move forward with their transformative and privately financed waterfront ballpark with 3,000 units of new housing, 18 acres of public spaces, offices, retail space, a hotel and more.
“You can almost hear them singing ‘take me out to the ballpark.’ This is a major league victory for Oakland and the region,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “Thank you to BCDC for making the right decision, and recognizing the importance of this project to Oakland’s future. Thank you to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf for her great leadership and tireless advocacy in prioritizing this once-in-a-generation project that can help revitalize and transform the city’s waterfront, bring thousands of new jobs and spur significant investment and economic activity. And thank you to the many other supporters and partners who worked so hard to achieve this important milestone. There is still much work to do and many hurdles to clear, but now is a time to celebrate. Let’s hope it provides the positive momentum we need to get the project all the way to home plate and keep the A’s rooted in Oakland.”
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The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public-policy advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area. The Council proactively advocates for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives here. Founded in 1945, the Bay Area Council is widely respected by elected officials, policy makers and other civic leaders as the voice of Bay Area business. Today, more than 300 of the largest employers in the region support the Bay Area Council and offer their CEO or top executive as a member. Our members employ more than 4.43 million workers and have revenues of $1.94 trillion, worldwide.