Now that A’s owner Lew Wolff has, at least for now, shelved the idea of building his new ballpark village and just wants a park, he’s getting flexible about the location:
Here’s a possible game changer – the Oakland A’s will sit down this week with BART officials to discuss moving the team’s proposed Fremont ballpark to within walking distance of the planned Warm Springs BART station . . .
. . . Shifting the 32,000-seat ballpark from its present planned location west of Interstate 880 to a 40-acre parcel across the street from the soon-to-be-built Warm Springs BART station, just north of the NUMMI automotive plant, would eliminate one big criticism leveled at the current site – that it’s miles away from a mass transit line.
Despite what you may read in some crazy outlaw Internet comment threads, public transportation is a very, very good thing. But here’s the question, and I can’t answer it without the help of my Bay Area friends: is the Warm Springs BART station going to be, you know, near anything, or is it just a place being built based on anticipated development? Maybe this isn’t a problem — it’s been said that there is no there there in the A’s current home — but I’m curious as to whether there will be anything to look at from the hypothetical upper deck of this hypothetical stadium.
And you know, unless this location is just an absolute non-starter for some reason, why wasn’t Wolff looking at it all along? Isn’t it easier to get funding for a real estate project if it’s next to a freakin’ train station?
(thanks to Neate Sager for the heads up)