10K is Going the Distance
Oakland's Condo Craze Keeps Building
some skeptics thought Brown's goal was overly ambitious, the
reality is that it has worked: The city's Community and Economic
Development Agency said that the initiative has resulted in
the start and completion of 61 residential projects with 7,925
units. Seventeen projects have been completed (representing
1,663 units), 15 projects are in construction (2,144 units),
20 projects have received planning approvals (2,196 units)
and 12 projects are in the planning process (1,922).
Even if some of these projects don't make it to ground breaking,
Mayor Brown should easily have his 10K.
The main project stemming from the initiative is developer
Forest City's Uptown Oakland, a 14-acre mixed-use community
that has a planned phase I completion set for December 2007.
The contractor on the project is Danville-based James E Roberts-Obayashi
Corp. and the architect is MVE of Oakland.
Uptown Oakland is located between San Pablo and Telegraph,
just north of the recently renovated Civic Center and adjacent
to the BART stations. It will include some 60,000 sq. ft.
of retail/commercial space, 1,200 mixed-income apartments,
400 off-campus graduate student housing units for U.C. Berkeley
and 900 condominiums.
Another major development is City Walk. Developed by Seal
Beach-based The Olson Co., it is bounded by 13th, 14th, Jefferson
and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, adjacent to Preservation Park
and two blocks from City Hall. City Walk is being built by
general contractor UPA of Reno and the architect is once again
The five-story project, which includes 252 units over two
stories of parking, will consist of lofts, flats and live/work
units. Approximately 2,400 sq. ft. of retail space is planned
for the ground floor.
City Walk's first completed units will come online later
BayRock Residential of Emeryville, meanwhile, is developing
its first Oakland property -- the 157-unit, $44 million 8
Orchid luxury condominium building in the heart of Chinatown
at Broadway and 7th St.
The general contractor on the 8 Orchid project, which is
scheduled for completion in late summer 2007, is J.R. Roberts
Corp. of Citrus Heights and HDO Architects, based in Walnut
Creek, is the architect.
Lead architect Randy Harris said the 11-story building will
have a contemporary design with "an Asian flair," with some
reds and greens blended in the stucco and granite exterior.
There will be 157 units, averaging 990 sq. ft.
new-build structure is an eight-story patented structural
steel tower over a three-story post-tensioned concrete podium
garage that includes a basement for parking as well. Common
areas include a 20-ft.-high entry lobby, community room, courtyards
and a roof-top garden. BayRock plans to have approximately
3,600 sq. ft. of retail fronting the 7th St. side.
Oakland's renowned Jack London Square is also getting some
residential attention. Foremost is Pulte Homes' 438 Alice
project, located south of I-880 and west of Lake Merritt Channel
at 4th and Alice streets.
Scheduled for completion later this summer, the 93-unit,
184,000-sq.-ft. building features two floors of parking above
grade and six stories of condominiums.
The general contractor on the $35 million project is Seattle-based
Howard S. Wright and the architects are Leddy Maytum Stacy
of San Francisco and HKS, also of San Francisco.
Pulte Homes' project manager Chris Alwan said this is the
firm's first true midrise development in California. "This
is the direction we're going - urban infill," he said.
Alice will include a landscaped common area in the center
of the building and floor plans range from 812 sq. ft. to
1,666 sq. ft. in one-, two- and three-bedroom condos. There
also will be 10,000 sq. ft. of office space. Also currently
under construction is Jade, a 78-unit, six-story mix of condos
and townhouses located at 15th St. and Jefferson. Meritage
Homes's new urban infill division Meritage Metropolitan Living
is the developer and is acting as general contractor in a
partnership with The Arbor Building Group of Lafayette; HDO
is the architect.
Jade's amenities include a courtyard deck, roof deck, and
secured parking serviced by an elevator and stairs. Completion
is scheduled for the end of this year.