Howard Terminal Ballpark City Of Oakland Design Review Committee Meeting Livestream

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Howard Terminal City Of Oakland Design Review Committee Meeting Livestream

The next phase in the strangely controversial Oakland Athletics Howard Terminal Ballpark Development Process is the Oakland Planning Commission Design Review Committee. The DRC meets today at 3 PM via ZOOM and you can watch it live, here.

No decision will be made today. The Design Review Committee will look at public comments and then make its determination. So, Oakland Athletics Fans should be in attendance.

The DRC Chair is Clark Manus, with Jonathan Fearn, and Tom Limon, joining. Considering that Clark Manus called the Howard Terminal EIR Process a “napkin sketch”, I don’t expect him to be kind in this hearing.

As to who he is, Clark Manus is principal with the locally famous architecture firm Heller Manus.  I have not met Clark, but his business partner Jeffrey Heller is a long-time friend of mine.  I estimate I’ve known Jeff for about 35 years.  His wife Debra Heller and I were good friends, and I worked for her and Frank Noto at her political consulting firm President of GCA Strategies in San Francisco in 1994.   She passed away at 48, and to this day I feel we were all cheated by not seeing her live a full life.

But I digress, this meeting could be the one that pushes the Oakland A’s to Las Vegas, given that the City of Oakland has not proven to be a welcome place for the A’s development desires. I know Dave Kaval has said he wants an affirmative vote, but the fact is, Major League Baseball is tired of the hold-ups, and is ready to bounce if the A’s can’t get a timely process going here.

From the DRC file for the September 8th meeting:

Design Review discussion for the proposed Oakland Waterfront Ballpark District
Planned Unit Development (PUD). The proposal includes a new open-air waterfront multi-purpose Major League Baseball (MLB) ballpark with a capacity of up to 35,000-persons; mixed use development including up to 3,000 residential units, up to 1.5 million square feet of office, and up to approximately 270,000 square feet of retail uses; an approximately 50,000 square-foot indoor performance center with capacity of up to 3,500 individuals; an approximately 280,000 square-foot, 400- room hotel; and a network of approximately 18.3 acres of privately-owned, publicly-accessible open spaces.

Here’s the staff report:
Item-1-PLN20048-Waterfront-Ballpark-District-PUD

The City of Oakland Case Planner is Pete Vollmann at (510) 238-6167 or by email pvollmann@oaklandca.gov

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