Message from the Maritime Director
Our vision at the Port of Oakland is to be the premiere gateway for global trade and transportation. A project in the heart of the Port is helping us realize that vision. Along with one of the world’s leading industrial real estate developers, we’re building a Seaport Logistics Complex. The first building will occupy 27 acres near our marine terminals. It will adjoin our $100 million railyard. It will give Oakland new capabilities unmatched by competing U.S. ports. The Seaport Logistics Complex is the key to our future.
CenterPoint Properties is our esteemed partner in this project. The firm is a global leader in developing real estate, then managing it. In Oakland, CenterPoint is building a $52 million, 440,000-square-foot logistics hub. The facility will specialize in speeding containerized cargo to final destination. Its location – where ships, trucks and trains converge – is optimal. There’s no wasted time or expense in moving containers. It’s also unique. No other American trade gateway has this amount of land capacity to develop such logistics capabilities within its footprint.
The Seaport Logistics Complex will help the Port of Oakland grow by attracting additional cargo volume. That’s good for our business. Just as importantly, however, it’s good for our community. We’re creating new jobs through this project. And our CenterPoint Partners have given local residents first shot at the work.
With growth comes responsibility. It’s our job to manage added cargo volume so that it doesn’t negatively affect neighboring communities. We’ve got programs in place to keep truck traffic and diesel exhaust emissions in check. Those programs have already significantly reduced congestion and emissions in the past decade. We’ll continue to enforce them vigorously to ensure we don’t backslide.
The Seaport Logistics Complex is the cornerstone of our work at the former Oakland Army Base. We inherited 240 acres at the decommissioned Base 15 years ago. Ever since, we’ve worked towards a logistics campus that will distinguish us in the trade and transportation sector. The vision is becoming a reality. We’re building our future. The result will benefit our customers, business partners and neighbors.