This Draft EIR describes the proposed Project (detailed below) and the existing environmental setting and analyzes and discloses the direct and indirect potentially significant impacts that could result from construction and operation of the proposed Project. The Project includes a “Maritime Reservation Scenario,” which involves an alternative site plan should the Port of Oakland exercise an option at any point within approximately 10 years from May 13, 2019, to terminate the Project sponsor’s development rights to an approximately 10-acre portion of the Project site, if the Port deems that area necessary to accommodate the expansion of the turning basin that is used to turn large vessels within Oakland’s Inner Harbor, in accordance with the Exclusive Negotiation Term Sheet for Howard Terminal between the Port and the Project sponsor dated May 13, 2019. The Draft EIR also analyzes two Project “variants,” consisting of project features that have the potential to become part of the Project ("Peaker Power Plant" and "Aerial Gondola", in addition to four alternatives to the Project, including a No Project alternative.
The Project would construct a new open-air waterfront multi-purpose Major League Baseball (MLB) ballpark with a capacity of up to 35,000-persons (“Ballpark”); mixed use development including up to 3,000 residential units, up to 1.5 million square feet of office/commercial (which could include a range of commercial uses, such as general administrative and professional office, and life sciences/research), and up to approximately 270,000 square feet of retail uses; an approximately 50,000 square-foot indoor performance venue with capacity of up to 3,500 persons; up to approximately 280,000 square-feet of hotel space including up to 400 rooms in one or more buildings and supportive conference facilities; a network of approximately 18.3 acres of privately-owned, publicly-accessible open spaces; and a maximum of approximately 8,900 total parking spaces at full buildout. Approximately 2,000 parking spaces would be shared by the Ballpark and the performance venue, and the remaining 6,900 parking spaces would serve residential and commercial uses on the site. The proposed Project would demolish all existing buildings and structures on the Howard Terminal site except the four existing shipping container cranes, which may be retained. As proposed by the Project Sponsor, the proposed Project would be developed in multiple phases: Phase 1 and followed by development of the remainder of the site, which together is total “Buildout”.
The Project sponsor proposes a transportation program that includes a Transportation Management Plan (TMP) that would allow the Project to achieve the 20 percent vehicle trip reduction (VTR) requirement of AB 734. Also to meet requirements of AB 734, the proposed Project would not generate any net additional greenhouse gas emissions through a combination of measures. The Project would be designed and constructed to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for the ballpark and nonresidential construction and achieve LEED Gold or GreenPoint equivalent rating for residential uses, as required by AB 734.
The Project sponsor is seeking amendments to regional plans prepared by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and proposes a boundary settlement and exchange agreement between the Port and the California State Lands Commission to accommodate the proposed Project.
Embarcadero West and Market St/MLK Jr Way/Jefferson St/Clay St
I-880, I-980, I-580
Union Pacific, Amtrak, BART
Oakland Estuary/Inner Harbor, San Francisco Bay
Notice of Completion
State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), California Air Resources Board (ARB)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California State Lands Commission (SLC), California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), California Air Resources Board (ARB)
Residential ((part of the mixed-use component) Employees: 94)(Units 3,000, Acres 20 (partial)), Office ((part of the mixed-use component))(Sq. Ft. 1,500,000, Acres 20 (partial), Employees 6,667), Commercial (Retail+Hotel (part of mixed use component))(Sq. Ft. 270,000/400 rms, Acres 20 (partial), Employees 900), Recreational (Ballpark 35,000 person capacity, Employees: 1,605), Transportation (Parking Spaces: 6,900 Employees: 33), Other (Performance Venue (3,500 seats) Employees: 200)
General Plan Amendment, Planned Unit Development, Site Plan, Rezone, Land Division (Subdivision, etc.)
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
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