The Oakland Athletics handed their vision for an enormous stadium and mixed-use project — to be built on the Howard Terminal section of the Oakland port — to the City of Oakland, and the city wasted little time in making a few alterations to the deal, releasing them on Friday.
And with the ultimate vote on the project just days away on July 20, the A’s aren’t too happy about that. Team president Dave Kaval said the city’s plan is a “step backwards,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He wants the City of Oakland to vote on the term sheet the Athletics put forth in April, not this new proposal.
Chief among the city’s concerns are the number of tax financing districts within the project and the amount of affordable housing on the property.
“We remain far apart and what was released today does not work for the A’s, lacks specifics and a yes vote on that is a no vote on the project,” Kaval said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “We don’t agree with it. So it means we have no agreement at Howard Terminal. Howard Terminal is our last location to make Oakland work.”
I continue to be shocked at how Kaval and the A’s expect this gargantuan project to be rammed through so quickly. At a total cost of $12 billion, its size demands time to mull it over — perhaps even years. Some projects that size take decades to approve.
But as Kaval said — and has been saying — the Athletics say this is their last attempt to stay in Oakland, and no other plan will do. Anything can happen, but this is certainly a rough development for Bay Area A’s fans.