Major League Baseball’s Oakland A’s have taken another big step forward in their aim to build a new ballpark in Oakland, California.

Oakland City Council voted to certify the environmental impact report (EIR) for the A’s proposed $12 billion ballpark project near Howard Terminal.

In addition to a 35,000-seat open-air waterfront ballpark, the A’s plan for the surrounding area includes up to 3,000 units of housing, 1.5 million ft2 of office space, 270,000ft2 of retail space, 280,000ft2 of hotel space and a 50,000ft2 indoor performance venue with a capacity of up to 3,500.

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said:

Tonight’s vote by the city council was a historic moment for Oakland’s future. The companion resolution by council members ensures that all Oaklanders will benefit from the proposed waterfront ballpark district, and that a world-class development with 18 acres of new public parks, 3,000 units of housing -- including new affordable housing -- will get built with the most sustainable and highest environmental standards on our waterfront.

In certifying the review, council members agree that areas of concern have been studied by the city, such as pollution, traffic and the removal of toxic waste from the Howard Terminal area. This helps the A’s and the city of Oakland move forward with negotiations for other community benefits, getting one step closer to a final binding agreement. Schaaf added:

This is more than a milestone -- it’s a giant leap forward in our shared mission to create a regional destination that gives back our waterfront to the public, connects a new vibrant neighborhood to our downtown and provides tens of thousands good union jobs for our residents. And it does it all while keeping our beloved A’s rooted in Oakland.