Port of Oakland commish says land deal with A’s will be final before Opening Day

There may be some members of Port of Oakland as connected as Commissioner Michael Colbruno, but few have a Twitter account to communicate the pace of negotiations with the Oakland Athletics, in their effort to procure the land at Howard Terminal for a new ballpark.

Last weekend, in a response to A’s fan Sal Ferraro, Colbruno tweeted the Port’s portion of the somewhat complicated ballpark plan could be agreed upon before Opening Day in late March.

The tweet also mentions additional work remains with various boards and commissions before the plan is shovel-ready. One such agency is the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), which included an item related to Howard Terminal at its meeting this Thursday.

BCDC staff recommended the commission approve a study to consider removal of the “Bay Plan and Seaport Plan Port Priority Use Area Designation” for Howard Terminal. The A’s would pay the entire cost of the analysis, according to the agenda.

Colbruno piqued the interests of A’s fans on Twitter last July when he suggested the team would choose to build a new ballpark at Howard Terminal and make the announcement after the World Series, which they did on both counts.

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