The Oakland Athletics could be making a move. Their stadium is decrepit and barely suited for use as a Major League ballpark. The A's have been seeking a new home for quite some time, and they'll probably end up having to shuffle around the Bay Area if they want to get out of their current digs.
But it's not likely that they'll be able to move into Oakland and try and revitalize the city. Angela Woodall of the Mercury News has more on the story.
The state take-back of redevelopment money has forced the city to abandon plans for a waterfront ballpark -- the linchpin of efforts to keep the A's in Oakland.
"We are no longer advocating for Victory Court," Gregory Hunter, head of the soon-to-be-dissolved Oakland Redevelopment Agency, said Monday during a meeting of the Alameda County supervisors.
The city can no longer afford Victory Court without redevelopment dollars, Hunter said.
That means the focus is solely on revamping the O.co Coliseum complex with retail, restaurants, hotels and new sports facilities for the Raiders and Warriors.
The plan would include a new ballpark for the A's if the team stays in Oakland.
Indeed, no more redevelopment money for the state really limits the type of projects these guys can do in Oakland, considering that there really isn't enough public or private money to go around to try and help get this project off the ground.
With Oakland and Fremont out of the picture, and San Jose not looking so good as well, the A's look like they have no choice but to try and revitalize their current stadium and try and make them more attractive to the rest of the Bay.
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