The Oakland A’s officially announced on Tuesday that the team intends to build its new ballpark at the Peralta Community College District Headquarters site directly next to Laney College.
“We firmly believe that the Peralta site represents the best opportunity to keep Oakland’s last professional sports team in Oakland for the long term,” wrote A’s President Dave Kaval in a letter to Peralta Community College District Chancellor Jowel C. Laguerre.
Kaval cites the location’s proximity to Downtown, Uptown, Lake Merrit, BART and other transit options as reasons why the site is ideal for a new stadium.
“Planned responsibly, we believe a ballpark and related mixed-use development at this site can strengthen Laney, the three other Peralta colleges, and the surrounding neighborhoods of Chinatown and Eastlake/San Antonio,” Kaval wrote.
Kaval states that the team is committed to fighting any displacement that may come from building a new ballpark at the Peralta site, and that it will work with community leaders to find creative ways to “maximize opportunities for new mixed-income housing, workforce training, living wage jobs, and small and local business investment,” Kaval wrote.
Over the next 9 to 12 months, the team will work with city stakeholders and hire an urban planning and design team to lead community meetings and hear concerns and thoughts about the new ballpark.
Despite the A’s commitment to fighting any resident displacement that may come from the team building a new ballpark at the Peralta site, a new stadium at the site is bound to change the neighborhood in some way.
Read a recent Conduit editorial about what the A’s needed to consider when picking a location for a new stadium to learn just how ballparks can change neighborhoods.