Amidst talks between BART and the A’s is a new article by Merc scribe Denis C. Theriault (CBS 5 also picks up the trail). The focus is on a 36-acre parcel near the planned Warm Springs BART station. Being familiar with the area, I wondered which parcel they were talking about. After going through my archives, I found a few things you might want to check out.
First, my old Fremont site album from three years ago. The album has both Warm Springs and Pacific Commons in there for reference. Trust me, the area hasn’t changed much. From the album is this overhead shot:
Next up is a document from Fremont called the Warm Springs Existing Conditions Report, explaining existing and potential land use for the area surrounding the Warm Springs BART station. From that is an important map showing who’s who among area landholders (this was from 2004 and may be somewhat outdated, but I doubt it):
A tiny piece of 880 is at the bottom left corner of the map above.
The last bit comes from the good folks at OAFC, who kept parts of the old Oakland HOK study, from which came the original Fremont site study – yes it was Warm Springs.
Now about those 36 acres under consideration. Based on the information in the Existing Conditions Report, two parcels are that size: the BART station facility and the “Westwood” site, which is east of the station next to 680. The A’s couldn’t be asking for BART to give up some of its land for the cause, could they? Nah, it’s gotta be the Westwood parcel. Then again, two years ago I projected that losing the A’s fanbase would drop total BART ridership 1% per year, or $3 million. They may have some incentive to work out a deal.