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The Specific Plan will provide separate development concepts for each of the Specific Plan Sub-Areas (see map below). Each of these development concepts require further, more detailed planning and analysis, as well as investigation into financing strategies necessary for implementation. None of these Specific Plan concepts currently represent a definitive end-state, or an obligation on the part of either the City or the sports franchises, but are instead a statement of the area’s potential.
The development concept for Sub-Area A (the Coliseum site), assumes that some, or all of the existing uses within this Sub-Area, including one or both of the existing sports facilities (the Arena and the Coliseum), could be removed and replaced with new development. This new development is envisioned to include the following:
New Sports Venue District: The Specific Plan anticipates construction of new sports venues that will bring a world-class sports experience to the Bay Area. The proposed approach is to create a 21st century “sports district” that is carefully integrated into a dynamic and active urban setting with retail, entertainment, arts, culture, live and work uses - creating sports venues that become part of an authentic urban place. The Plan will accommodate up to three new sports venues, including:
- A new NFL Stadium and multi-purpose Event Center with a seating capacity of approximately 68,000 to 72,000 people. The new Stadium would have a building area of approximately 1.8 to 2.2 million square feet, covering approximately 550,000 square feet of surface area (over 12.5 acres). The stadium is envisioned as an environmentally sustainable building achieving at a minimum a LEED Silver Certification rating.
- A new MLB Ballpark with a capacity of approximately 35,000 to 39,000 seats within a building area of approximately 1.0 to 1.2 million square feet, on a site area of approximately 535,000 square feet (over 12 acres in size). The new ballpark is also envisioned as an environmentally sustainable building, also achieving a minimum LEED Silver Certification rating.
- A new NBA Arena and multi-purpose Events Center with a seating capacity of approximately 18,000 to 20,000 people. The new Arena would be approximately 800,000 to 850,000 square feet in size, located on a site of approximately 210,000 to 250,000 square feet (approximately 5 acres). The preferred site for the new Arena is on the western (water) side of I-880, integrally linked with a pedestrian and transit accessible concourse connection over the freeway connecting to the new Stadium and Ballpark venues. The new basketball arena is also envisioned as an environmentally sustainable building, achieving a minimum LEED Silver Certification rating.
Sports and Entertainment Retail District: The Specific Plan’s land use concept will include the creation of a new retail and entertainment district contiguous to the new stadium and ballpark. New retail uses would become “gateway elements” to the new stadium and ballpark, providing a centralized public activity core area, and serving as a catalyst for the project as a whole. This retail and entertainment district is envisioned as a unique regional destination that would be active and publically accessible seven days a week, serving local residents, event participants and the broader City and region’s population.
Ball Park Mixed-use District: The area between the new sports venues is envisioned to become a new high density mixed-use neighborhood containing housing, hotel and office uses. Ground floor uses would be regional and neighborhood-serving retail. The area would be designed to integrate into the Sports and Entertainment Retail District and to establish an active urban place that could provide retail, entertainment, arts, and cultural uses, forming an authentic urban place that supports opportunities to live, work and play.
BART Transit-Oriented Development District: The area surrounding the Coliseum BART Station is envisioned to become a moderate- to high-density residential community. The Plan will be focused on creating safe and active public streets with neighborhood-serving ground floor retail uses establishing a high quality sense of place and creating a positive neighborhood identity.
Intermodal Transit Hub: Regional transit connectivity is one of the key elements envisioned to enable and accommodate the planned increase in use of the area. The Specific Plan will recommend ways to increase capacity and improve the passenger experience at the Coliseum BART station. An intermodal transit hub is envisioned that could integrate BART, the Oakland Airport Connector, Capitol Corridor Amtrak, AC Transit and a future local-serving transit system into a single transit hub location. The proposed transit hub is envisioned to connect to the Coliseum site via a new elevated transit and pedestrian connection relocated along the 73rd Avenue right-of-way. This new elevated transit and pedestrian connection could be used as a concourse connection to the new Stadium, Ballpark and Arena through the Sports and Entertainment Retail District. The transit and pedestrian connector may also become a bridge extending over I-880.
Open Space, Parks and Habitat: The Specific Plan will evaluate the feasibility of a significant restoration and rehabilitation of the existing Damon Slough, transforming this drainage facility into functional tidal habitat that helps revive the natural health of the Bay. It is envisioned that an existing parking lot along the south side of 66th Avenue and within the Coliseum Zone could also be removed, and the site restored as part of a created habitat linked to the Damon Slough restoration. This restored open space and habitat area has the potential to become a unique educational resource focused on natural Bay ecology, accessible to the approximately 10 million visitors expected to come to this regional destination every year.
The development concept for Sub-Area B (the northerly portion of the Oakland Airport Edgewater Business Park) proposes privately initiated redevelopment of properties throughout the Business Park. This development concept includes the following:
Science and Technology District: The Specific Plan envisions that this northerly portion of the Oakland Airport Edgewater Business Park could be redeveloped as a Center for Science and Technology serving the entire inner-Bay Area. This new Science and Technology Center could offer large floor-plate buildings, within a campus-like setting that is uniquely served by transit. The potential scale of the Science and Technology District could also allow larger corporate and institutional users the opportunity to co-locate and network with smaller partner businesses in a comprehensively planned, high amenity, urban campus location. This new Science and Technology District is envisioned to become a world-class institutional research center for local and international research entities who want locational access to the Bay Area’s ‘innovation economy’. Potential business sectors that may locate in this District include life sciences and bio-sciences, clean technology and energy research, digital media, and information and software research. The Specific Plan proposes to create a waterfront-centered, urban technology district with access to the shoreline, parks and recreational facilities, housing and other amenities critical for ‘innovation-economy’ tenants. The goal will be to integrate this Science and Technology District with a world-class sports and entertainment destination.
Waterfront Community: Oakland’s San Leandro Bay waterfront is proposed as a location for the creation of a new residential and mixed-use community that complements the new Science and Technology District. This area would be designed to connect Oakland residents to the Bay. It is proposed that this new Waterfront Community could support a range of residential types and densities, with streets and public spaces activated by retail uses.
Transit Connectivity: The Specific Plan will explore the feasibility of an elevated transit connection continued from Sub-Area A, across I-880. This transit connector should accommodate pedestrian, bike, and transit modes, enabling transit connectivity from the waterfront to BART, and to the potential Intermodal Transit Hub. Such an elevated connection would require permitting from Caltrans, and possibly other jurisdictions.
Shoreline Access and Bay Inlet: The Specific Plan will evaluate the feasibility of creating a more publically accessible waterfront as a catalyst element for remaking the entire Coliseum Area. The waterfront could become both an amenity to the Coliseum Area uses and to the City as a whole. Pedestrian paths, actively used park spaces, and potentially, a new Bay inlet, could all become integrated into a comprehensive waterfront shoreline. One potential scenario of the Specific Plan involves the exchange of the current East Bay Regional Parks mitigation parcels (known as the “Edgewater Seasonal Wetland”) adjacent to where Damon Slough enters San Leandro Bay, for a new mitigation wetland site or sites in the area.
The Specific Plan will seek to transition Sub-Area C, which is currently a market-challenged business park that includes a mix of light industrial, small office, and some non-profit and government uses, into an extension of the mixed Science and Technology and Business Park. Over time, as the Sub-Area B Science and Technology District becomes established, this adjacent Sub-Area C area is anticipated to transition to similarly related uses which could include advanced technology and other manufacturing, R&D and test-product design and development activities, sales, marketing, professional service and finance uses supporting technology businesses. Smaller science, technology and “green”/“clean” companies seeking less costly space could also locate in Sub-Area C, given its proximity to Sub-Area B. Changes over time in this Sub-Area are anticipated to include new development, most likely lower cost, lower density and more flexible development that would add to the mix of building product types envisioned in Sub-Area B.
The Specific Plan will seek to encourage increased Airport-related economic development in Sub-Area D. This area is envisioned to continue to provide locations for businesses that value proximity to the Airport and the I-880 freeway, including large logistics and distribution businesses and activities, as well as hotel, retail, and eating and drinking uses along Hegenberger Road. Adjacency to the development in Sub-Areas A, B and C would have a long-term positive impact on the quality of tenants that want to locate along the Hegenberger corridor. Many of the area’s current uses are anticipated to remain. This area has few key development sites, and these sites are anticipated to be used for similar types of uses in the future as exist today.
The Specific Plan envisions this area would retain its EBMUD facilities, and that there would be a restoration of existing open space and wildlife habitat.