A day after Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff publicly stated he wasn't sure if he would succeed in building a new baseball stadium in Fremont, he told the Mercury News that he's frustrated at the lingering pace, but ultimately thinks "Ballpark Village" will rise in the Bay Area's fourth-largest city.
Wolff is troubled why it's taking so long to satisfy major property owners near the proposed 32,000-seat Cisco Field and to complete an environmental review.
"I still think it's going to happen," Wolff said Thursday from his office in Los Angeles. "Otherwise I wouldn't be doing this."
In November, Wolff formally pitched a 105-page proposal to Fremont to create Ballpark Village on nearly 230 acres of land next to the Pacific Commons Shopping Center, west of the Auto Mall Parkway off Interstate 880. The plan calls for building a high-tech stadium as the centerpiece of a Santana Row-style housing and retail development.
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Wednesday, Wolff told a Bay Area News Group reporter that he was unsure whether the team's attempt to build the ballpark would fly.
"I don't know. I honestly don't," Wolff told sports reporter Rick Hurd. "But say it doesn't. We're still under a lot of pressure to get a park that is our own. That isn't going to go away.
"So my hope is that we'll find a way to make it happen. It has not been as easy as I thought it would be."
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