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San Jose Hopes for a's Dumbbell' Effect - Silicon Valley _ San Jose Business Journal

San Jose Hopes for a's Dumbbell' Effect - Silicon Valley _ San Jose Business Journal

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1/6/12San Jose hopes for A's 'dumbbell' effect - Silicon Valley / San Jose Busines1/2bizjournals.com/sanjose/blog//san-jose-hopes-for-as-dumbbell-effect.htm
From the Silicon Valle / San Jose Business Journal:http://www.bijournals.com/sanjose/blog/2012/01/san-jose-hopes-for-as-dumbbell-effect.html
San Jose hopes for A's 'dumbbell' effect
Silicon Valle / San Jose Business Journal b Eli Segall, Reporter
Date: Friday, January 6, 2012, 12:01am PSTEli SegallReporter -
Silicon Valle / San Jose Business Journal
EmailIf the
Oakland Athletics
packed their bags and moved to a new stadium in San Jose, it couldcreate a "dumbbell" effect with the HP Pavilion down the street. As envisioned by San Jose city planners, the sports facilities — near Diridon Station just west of downtown — would flank a corridor of office buildings with ground-floor retail andentertainment.HP Pavilion, north of the ballpark site, can't spur that kind of commercial development by itself.The arena, home to the
San Jose Sharks
, opened in 1993, but the business district south of the facility is marked by light industrial, including an auto repair shop and a metal casting andpattern shop.So what happens if the A's dont move?"I don't see significant development happening there for at least another decade," says SanJose City CouncilmanSam Liccardo, who represents downtown.The question of whether the A's can move to San Jose is still up in the air. Some news reportsin recent weeks said the team could soon get approval from Major League Baseball's owners tomove south, but A's owner and managing partnerLew Wolff says he doesnt know when theowners will vote on the matter. At least one recent report said the owners were expected discuss the topic at their Jan. 11-12gathering in Scottsdale, Ariz. According to Wolff, they will not vote on the issue while there."Not to my knowledge," he says. "I think I would know."This week's edition of the Business Journal looks at the issue, and the uncertainty surrounding

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