Yes. As part of our pledge to redevelop and privately finance the project, the A's will fully remediate these environmental issues, at no cost to taxpayers, and redevelop the land into a model of sustainable development that will include the ballpark, public parks, and open space, housing (including affordable housing), restaurants, retail, and small business space.
We have already committed to a strong environmental agenda for this project by creating a green ballpark design that integrates publicly-accessible open space within a green roof, and through the passing of AB734 that requires the project to meet a host of sustainability measures, including meeting LEED Gold or comparable standards, complying with stringent recycling requirements for commercial and organic waste; complying with the City's bird safety measures; reducing car trips to the ballpark by 20 percent and achieving GHG neutrality.
Yes. As is common with with major sports venue projects, the current site has several well-known and documented environmental issues, including potential contaminants in soil and water. Similar to the soil and water remediation issues at Oracle Park, Chase Center, and SAP Center, cleanup of past environmental problems will be an important component of the early stages of our redevelopment plan. We are studying all of these issues closely as part of a year-long environmental review process, and we are fully committed to resolving any and all documented environmental challenges to ensure the future site is safe and environmentally sound.
No. Our ballpark will fully comply with the rigorous California state environmental review process known as "CEQA," which will identify environmental impacts and require the project to comply with feasible mitigation measures. We are currently amidst an intensive, year-long environmental review process in collaboration with the City of Oakland, the Port of Oakland, BCDC, the State Lands Commission and applicable statewide natural resource agencies that will evaluate a range of environmental impacts of the project, including, among others matters, air quality, transportation, biological resources, hazards, water quality and noise. Only after thorough review of those issues will we seek "certification" of the Final EIR from the Oakland City Council and seek project approvals from the City, the Port, BCDC, the State Lands Commission and applicable resource agencies. Following that rigorous process, the ballpark project will benefit from state legislation passed in 2018 known as AB734 that ensures any subsequent legal claims against the project are resolved in a timely manner (270 days or nine months). Similar legislation has been passed in support of other major environmental leadership projects, such as the Chase Center in San Francisco, and Golden 1 Center in Sacramento which is considered to be one of the greenest sports venues in the world. The 270-day cap on CEQA-related litigation in no way lowers the high standards of environmental compliance and stewardship placed on the project; in fact, quite the opposite: compliance with AB 734 holds the project to a higher environmental standard than other projects, including committing to a LEED Gold green building standard, a 20% reduction in car trips, and net zero greenhouse gasses from ballpark activities.
We are actively exploring the feasibility of powering the stadium with renewable energy. We've already committed to an electrically powered gondola system to transport fans and visitors to and from our ballpark.
No. The new ballpark will be a world-class, water-oriented facility that celebrates the Oakland waterfront. Fans will be able to view the water from various locations throughout the ballpark, including seats and concourses. On non-game days, visitors will be able enjoy the publicly accessible rooftop park on top of the ballpark, providing residents and visitors with a unique vantage of the Oakland Estuary, maritime activities, and the San Francisco Bay.
We plan to transform an underutilized urban industrial site into a model of sustainable development, that will include a ballpark, public parks, and open space, housing (including affordable housing), restaurants, retail and small business space. Project review and approvals by BCDC and the State Lands Commission as required under AB 1191 will ensure that the ballpark and the public parks and open spaces provides the highest quality of public assembly and waterfront public access that ties directly to the surrounding area and the region.