According to the Chronicle’s Matier and Ross, the A’s submitted a letter to the chancellor of the Peralta Community College District, indicating the team’s intent to enter negotiations on the district’s 13-acre headquarters next to Laney College.
According to @EastBay_Sports, that’s to be followed up by a 3:30 PM press conference at La Estrellita Cafe tomorrow, where the A’s will get the ball rolling.
Tomorrow is going to be full of excitement #Athletics fans. I invite all fans to join us at La Estrellita Cafe tomorrow afternoon. It’s big
— Right Field James (@EastBay_Sports) September 13, 2017
Regardless of where you placed Peralta among the three candidate sites (Howard Terminal, Peralta, Coliseum), the A’s and A’s fans are now at the starting gate. Everything else was study, prep, and low-level politicking. Now comes the hard part. The A’s have to privately finance a ballpark in a city where no public money is available to subsidize it, where the real estate market has gone through the roof, and current residents are very concerned about gentrification. If the ownership group considers Avaya Stadium to be akin to a hike up Diablo, a ballpark is more like reaching the summit of Denali.
M&R provided some good info on what items the A’s and Peralta will negotiate, such as the 50,000 replacement square footage that the district will need. They’ll need to resolve that early in the process because the district can’t interrupt its operations because the A’s need to clear the site. A’s ownership could buy a building and lease out part of it to the district for free. As I’ve been saying years, the parties will need to get creative. I am surprised that the square footage requirement is only 50k. Compare that to Apple’s new Apple Park campus in Cupertino, which will encompass 2.8 million square feet.
East Bay Times’ David DeBolt got a copy of the letter from A’s President Dave Kaval to Peralta Chancellor Jowel Laguerre.
— David DeBolt (@daviddebolt) September 13, 2017
There are so many details to work out, an EIR to start and finish, permits and approvals, what to do with the Coliseum, and the ever important private financing part. Just as with previous failed ballpark plans, I’ll cover it to the utmost, giving you the best analysis and commentary along the way to help you sort through the coming avalanche of information.