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(Last Updated On: July 2, 2019)

, CA – The Coal issue (and the “ Coal Case”) have been marked by fake news. First, it’s not really an issue of and coal. The original plan by Phil Tagami and was and has been to build what is the or .

is, as the developers Insight Terminal Solutions, and Phil Tagami as Managing Partner of California Capital Investment Group, describe “is a unique opportunity to intensify nearly 20 acres of underutilized maritime property through development of a state-of-the-art, multi-commodity marine bulk terminal development located on the West Gateway of the former Army Base in , California.” The Oakland Bulk and Oversized Terminal will carry iron ore, coal, and other minerals bound for ports of call in the Pacific Rim.

Meets A Long-Wanted Need

Oakland Bulk And Oversized Terminal
(Photo courtesy of CCIG)

Second, is the culmination of a long-held dream expansion of Port of services and land. To be sure, it’s a reuse project to recover jobs lost due to military base closure actions impacting . Moreover, the Bay Area as a whole handles about 10 percent of the total port-handled cargo in California. Studies have noted that the infrastructure needed to maintain even that small percentage has not been effectively upgraded.

As the developers have explained “With direct access to San Francisco Bay channel depths that reach 50 foot mean lower low water (MLLW) and newly constructed near-dock rail lines designated for customers, the / Global development is positioned to streamline customer logistics supply chains, create more service options for U.S. shippers seeking greater access to and from foreign markets, solidify ’s reputation as a major west coast trade center for American resources, and carry on the proud history of ’s working waterfront through the creation of long-term job opportunities for residents. Investment from and its Global private sector partners unlocks over $325 million in federal, state, and county grants, and protects past investment in rail connections, distribution centers, and deep navigation channels.”

The 1999 closure of the Army Base (this blogger was on the Alameda Base Reuse Committee in 1993 and has long been a proponent of ) resulted in the loss of over 7,000 jobs for the region, and abandoned 366 acres of underutilized maritime and industrial property. The loss of that economic activity and reduction of ’s already eroding industrial base has lead to a sharp decline in the economic vitality of West .

After several years of community planning, neighborhood workshops, and public hearings, the City of , Port of , community members, and private development partners, including Global / , co-authored one of the most robust community benefits packages in the nation, and incorporated that benefits package into the Global project documents now available here. http://obotjv.com/community-benefits/

As the City of Oakland itself has said, the was designed to be environmentally friendly. It’s not an iron ore, or coal, or any other kind of materials or minerals factory – it’s a transfer terminal to take, say, iron ore, from rail to container ship – and to do so cleanly, cheaply, and quickly. And the developers have noted that “Rail access adjacent to the break bulk terminal eliminates the need for freight to be trucked to , which increases roadway safety and reduces harmful truck diesel emissions.”

Stay tuned.

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