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November 19, 2013 > Construction begins on Bay Area cargo hub

Construction begins on Bay Area cargo hub

By AP Wire Service

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP), Efforts to redevelop the Oakland waterfront are taking off as construction begins on a major hub for transporting cargo in and out of the city.

Under the $1.2 billion plan, the long-shuttered Oakland Army Base next to the Port of Oakland, will be transformed into the Oakland Global Trade and Logistics Center.

Gov. Jerry Brown joined business and community leaders Friday at the groundbreaking.

The Oakland Tribune reports that the project will take nearly five years. It is hoped that the center will reduce truck traffic, emissions and wear and tear on roadways.

Developers are forecasting that it will create 1,523 construction jobs and 1,832 permanent jobs.

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