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Lew Wolff talks about Fremont

From the AP:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff remains optimistic about building a state-of-the-art ballpark in Fremont despite challenges and a shaky economic situation.

“I think we can get it done, but the frustration of the process sometimes gets to me,” Wolff said Monday at a regional luncheon of the Associated Press Sports Editors. “Right now we’re playing in a football stadium. It’s not good for baseball.”

In November 2006, the A’s unveiled plans to move south and build the long-awaited ballpark they hope would transform the small-market club into a bigger spender and a more popular choice for fans in the Bay Area.

“We’re getting close to receiving the first drafts of the environmental impact reports. We’ve run into lots of things, which every developer does in California,” said the Los Angeles-based Wolff, who has more than five decades of experience in the real estate business. “We have an election that just happened that is favorable to our getting to Fremont. We’re just following the process and we’re pretty much on the schedule.”

The fourth graph is interesting. It would be very unusual for the first drafts of an Environmental Impact Report to be released before a final project plan has been submitted, and input from the public and public agencies has been sought.

Matt Artz