The Port of Oakland in California is scheduled to sign a deal next week
that will give truckers a place to park – at least until a new place is found.
Following a parking protest by port truckers in May, the port leased 15
acres of the former Oakland Army Base and allowed truckers to park there. The
lease on that space ran out in November, but a new deal will allow the truckers
to continue parking there indefinitely until a new location is found.
The city and the port are searching for 30 acres either in or around
the port to build a permanent parking lot.
The Oakland Tribune reported that debate is still ongoing over where the new parking facility will
City Councilmember Nancy Nadel told The Tribune that she supports continued
use of the army base and the eventual construction of a permanent parking
Some, however, want to turn the army base into retail space.
Whatever the final decision, the Port has promised truckers that they
will not lose their parking spaces in the meantime. The Tribune reported that the 15-acres would remain open
until construction is complete on the permanent structure.