Oakland, CA – Today the City of Oakland published the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the Oakland Ballpark Waterfront District Project (the proposed Howard Terminal ballpark development) in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). CEQA requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible.
The Howard Terminal mixed-use project may include: a ballpark with a capacity of up to 35,000 individuals, up to 3,000 residential dwelling units, up 1.5 million square feet of commercial space, up to 270,000 square feet of retail space, a hotel with up to 400 rooms, a performance venue with a capacity of up to 3,500 individuals, and parks.
“I’m excited about keeping our A’s rooted in Oakland,” Mayor Libby Schaaf said. “The Howard Terminal ballpark requires the highest environmental standards while giving us an opportunity to expand our entertainment district near Jack London Square, increase housing, provide good jobs, and keep our beloved waterfront working.”
The Draft EIR is a public information document that assesses the potential physical environmental impacts that could result from construction and use of the Project, recommends mitigation measures to lessen or eliminate adverse impacts, examines feasible alternatives to the Project, and is intended to inform City of Oakland decision makers, other responsible agencies, and the general public.
Members of the public will have 45 days to submit comments on the Draft EIR. Public comments will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on April 12, 2021. Comments can also be made publicly at the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board public hearing on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. and Planning Commission public hearing on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.. For information on how to submit public comments, see the Notice of Availability.
Consistent with the requirements of AB 734, there will be an informational workshop webinar to describe the Draft EIR key analysis and conclusions, and to help the public locate information within the document. The workshop will take place on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom and can be accessed at http://bit.ly/HTDEIRWorkshop.