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Community Rallies Around Plan To Revitalize West Oakland

OAKLAND (KCBS) – Dozens of residents packed the first community meeting on the effort to revitalize West Oakland Tuesday night. The West Oakland Specific Plan focuses on potential redevelopment at four sites that right now are mostly vacant.

Community members spoke their minds on what should go into the region, including green tech campuses, and increased shipping facilities. Others want to see an emphasis on open space, while some called for the addition of a grocery store.

Morten Jensen is President of JRDV Architects, which is working with the city. He said the plan could transform West Oakland.

KCBS' Chris Filippi Reports:

"This could happen in a very organic way that really honors the history that is here, and the people that are here," said Jensen.

The West Oakland Specific Plan is expected to be finalized by April of 2013.

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