The Port of Oakland on Friday announced that its board of commissioners has given initial approval for a logistics centre to be built at the site of a decommissioned US Army supply depot in the northern California city.
After this initial approval there will have to be a final vote of the board on November 30. If that is also approved the deal will become official in January.
It is a deal with real estate developer CenterPoint Properties for a $52m logistics facility.
Apart from the port and the developer, two coalitions of community groups – Revive Oakland and Oakland Works – were also involved in negotiations about this project, which includes commitments to hire local workers.
Work on the 440,000 square-foot facility could begin in the first quarter of 2018 and, when completed, it would be the largest distribution facility on the US west coast.
This project would be the first phase of a mooted Seaport Logistics Complex that could grow to as much as 180 acres and feature modern distribution centres along with a railyard.