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Written by Maury Brown   
Thursday, 17 April 2008 14:52

Cisco FieldWell, at least one of my predictions for 2008 seems to be coming true.

The efforts by the Oakland Athletics to get Cisco Field developed (see high-resolution renderings of the proposed stadium) by 2011 has been shelved due to the complex environmental impact study, which could take 14 to 18 months to complete. Now, 2012 is the target date. As reported by The AP:

Speaking at a community meeting this week, A's co-owner Keith Wolff said the team could only make the move by 2011 if the city approves the environmental impact report by the end of this year.

But Wolff and city officials say that's highly unlikely given the size and complexity of the proposed project.

One of the more difficult parts of the massive Ballpark Village, which will incorporate 3,000 homes, retail, and an elementary school, along with the ballpark, is the relocation of Scott Specialty Gases, a possible toxic concern. In my interview with A’s owner and general partner, Lewis Wolff, he responded by saying:

The Scott Gas issue is one of relocation and not of a soil problem. And we think we have a balanced program which will explain it in more detail to our first constituent, the City, on the “traffic side”. Nobody wants any more traffic anywhere. This particular project is zoned for 3.5 million sq. ft. of office space; Cisco at one time was going to do a campus there. So today, if we wanted to do that, we’d probably produce more traffic, which has already been approved....that we’ll be doing with the ballpark.




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