Oakland A's plan to build new ballpark comes to a halt

The A's hit a major snag in their plans to build a new stadium in Oakland

After announcing they had picked a "preferred site" for a new privately financed stadium, the Athletics were informed by the Peralta Community College District that it is not even interested in discussing it.

The A's were in conversations around building a stadium on a 13-acre property owned by the Peralta Community College District, but apparently the negotiations broke down rather abruptly.

We are shocked by Peralta's decision to not move forward.

Despite growing opposition from Laney students and activists in recent months, the A's had hoped to appeal to them through a robust community engagement process, with plans that would include affordable housing and workforce training, among other ideas to generate revenue supporting the college.

"We are disappointed that we will not have that opportunity", the A's said. The team had planned to host a rally at the nearby tacqueria La Estrellita Café ahead of next week's Board of Trustees meeting and was encouraging fans to attend. Besides needing to finalize land negotiations with Peralta, the team had been facing ardent pushback from Chinatown locals anxious about gentrification, from the Audubon society over the impact that development would have on bird migration patterns at the nearby Lake Merritt, and from politicians raising other concerns from their constituents.

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But the team had always faced an uphill battle in choosing the site at Laney.

The Lake Merritt channel near the district offices site. And while there's support in the general Oakland community for a Laney College location, administrators and students overwhelmingly voted against it.

Libby Schaaf, Oakland's mayor, remains optimistic about the A's future in the city and the team's ability to build a new ballpark.

City Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan encouraged the A's to build on the site of the Coliseum, where they've played for almost 50 years.

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