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The Death Of Laney College As We Know It?

September 18, 2017

The news that Peralta Community College District officials are currently in negotiations with owners of the Oakland A’s baseball team about an A’s proposal to build a new ballpark on Peralta District lands across from Laney College is somewhat disturbing. Even if nothing eventually comes of it, one wonders why Peralta is considering the proposal at all.

To explain, I quote at length a recent story in the Hoodline website (“A's Plan For New Lake Merritt Ballpark Draws Displacement Fears”, which sums up the situation as well as any other news account:

“The Oakland A’s have announced their intention to build a new ballpark near Lake Merritt to open in 2023...

“Team president Dave Kaval sent a letter to the Peralta Community College Chancellor Jowel Laguerre on Tuesday informing him of the A’s intention to build where the district’s offices are now, adjacent to Laney College. 

 “The site is across East Eighth Street from the college’s athletic fields,” the article continues. “The A’s are seeking to acquire both the property where the district offices are now and the parking lot across the Lake Merritt channel, where the popular Laney College Flea Market is held weekly, for mixed-use development.

“According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the A’s would pay for the relocation of the district offices. The team posted a website and a short video about the plan this morning, promising that the development would also include affordable housing, space for small businesses like restaurants and retail, and new public gathering places and parks.” [To Complete Column]