Jack London Square Needs a Ballpark


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Despite massive private investment, Jack London Square is continuing to struggle as the opening of the Jack London Market has been delayed until at least mid 2010. According to the Chron, the square’s owners, Ellis Partners, have had a difficult time leasing the first two floors of the giant, 170,000 square-foot-market, and can’t find any tenants for the other four stories of office space. The square has had a tough time since Ellis Partners purchased it from the port and decided to transform it from a family-oriented destination to an upscale foodie Mecca. But that could change dramatically if the city is successful at keeping the A’s in Oakland and convincing the team and Major League Baseball to build a new ballpark nearby.