Port of Oakland clears the way for A's to pursue ballpark plan at Howard Terminal

The port’s board of commissioners unanimously approved an exclusive negotiating term sheet that would give the A’s four years to obtain land use permits, conduct an environmental review and do other preparatory work needed to eventually lease the 50-acre Howard Terminal.

But board president Cestra “Ces” Butner told the crowd he’s confident the port can accommodate both a ballpark and a growing maritime industry.

The commissioners added a last-minute amendment to the term sheet, calling on the A’s and the seaport businesses to join forces and negotiate standards that would ensure the project doesn’t hurt or otherwise interfere with port operations.

“The industry is going to go, one by one, and the truckers will not be able to get in and out,” said International Longshore and Warehouse Union member Aaron Wright, “You cannot mix baseball game traffic with semi-trucks.

Several A’s fans and Jack London Square residents spoke in support of the ballpark proposal, saying it’s important to keep a sports team in Oakland after both the Warriors and the Raiders leave.

He called the port commission’s vote a “critical step as we move forward with our new privately financed ballpark here at the waterfront.”

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