Oakland Planners Move Forward With ‘Coliseum City’ Proposal

OAKLAND (KCBS) – Despite the recent news that the Golden State Warriors plan to move to San Francisco, and build an arena in the Mission Bay neighborhood, Oakland city officials are moving forward with an effort meant to save all three of the cities professional sports teams.

A public workshop was held Thursday on the Coliseum Area Specific Plan, also known as Coliseum City. It aims to transform the Coliseum, and its surrounding area into a thriving, transit-oriented sports and entertainment district.

“This is an 800-acre planning area and it’s been determined to be the largest underdeveloped transit-served redevelopment area in the state of California,” said Oakland Strategic Planning Manager Ed Manasse.

The initial outlines being shown off at the public workshop are flexible, and can be adapted to include anywhere from three to zero new sports facilities.

Many of the fans that attended this first public meeting said they are still concerned Oakland could lose all of its professional teams.

“I’d like them to agree on one place, where they can try to keep Oakland’s sports teams,” said one fan. “And I don’t think there is any other place than this one.”

Planners said they hope the project will generate 20,000 new jobs and 5,000 housing units.

Another public meeting will be held Saturday, April 26 at Oakland City Hall.

Planners said they hope to release a draft Environmental Impact Report for the Coliseum City proposal in the coming months.

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