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On Monday, the Port of Oakland’s Board of Directors unanimously approved an exclusive negotiating agreement with the A’s to provide land at the inactive Howard Terminal. The commission has tentatively agreed to give the team four years to complete an environmental-impact report on the 50-acre site.

The A’s hope to build a 35,000-seat ballpark as the centerpiece of a housing and retail development. Team president Dave Kaval said the deal would generate an estimated $3 billion in economic impact for the downtown and West Oakland communities, along with 5,000 jobs.

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“It’s really a transformative project for Oakland and the Oakland A’s and generations to come,” Kaval said.

As is typical in these situations, there is some push back against the A’s building a stadium at the Howard Terminal site. Members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Marine Engineer’s Beneficial Association staged a protest outside Monday’s meeting, arguing that  putting a stadium so close to an active port would adversely affect their jobs while also creating traffic issues.

There’s an artist rendering of the A’s stadium. seen in a tweet from the team.

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There are some essential steps left within the A’s’ pursuit of a brand new ballpark, together with the sale or lease of the land and getting metropolis council and state approval. However after a previous failed effort to safe area on the Laney School campus, preliminary approval for the land to construct on has been acquired this time round.

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