Oakland A’s co-owner Lew Wolff wants to get a stadium built in San Jose, and he’s ready to purchase land in an effort to force MLB Commissioner Bud Selig’s hand in deciding if the team can relocate.
Earlier this year, San Jose’s redevelopment agency secured most of the land needed to accomodate a ballpark and moved it into a shell organization called the Diridon Development Authority. More parcels of land nearby were needed, but city officials made it sound as if this wouldn’t pose much of a problem.
Now, Wolff may end up buying several redevelopment parcels. On Tuesday, the City Council is meeting in closed session to discuss the sale of six properties to Wolff. The city’s deal with Wolff would only make up half of the 14 acres needed for the stadium’s construction. Negotiations for two additional parcels of land, owned by AT&T and a Los Gatos family, will still be needed.
In his column Sunday, the Chronicle’s John Shea argued the A’s should just stay put at their location in Oakland and wait for the Raiders to leave for Santa Clara or Los Angeles. That would allow the A’s to build or renovate their own baseball-only stadium to replace the decaying coliseum.