With representatives of the student and faculty associations of Laney College having recently voted against allowing the Oakland Athletics to acquire the 13-acre parcel of community college-owned land at 333 East 8th Street, a little south of Lake Merritt in central Oakland and upon which the A’s had formally announced their plans to build a new Major League ballpark, the Peralta Community College District’s Board of Trustees has now directed the college district’s Chancellor to “discontinue “community engagement” talks with the [A’s] and to instead focus on what’s best for the college and its students and faculty.”
From the office of the Chancellor this morning: “The District will work with its students, faculty, staff, administrators and community to reimagine the District’s needs and assess the resources to meet them. We will develop a robust and inclusive engagement process to assess our needs and partnerships aligned with our mission. The Board of Trustees will continue due diligence in determining the costs and benefits of potential development.”
In addition, concerns as to the potential impact of the proposed ballpark’s development with respect to the gentrification of surrounding neighborhoods has been gaining steam.