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Here are top Oakland development stories of the past week:

Exclusive: Lennar to start construction on Oakland tower next week
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on March 3, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/03/03/lennar-oakland-tower-construction-1640broadway-len.html
Lennar Multifamily Communities will break ground Monday on its 254-unit residential tower in downtown Oakland, one of the city's first highrises in nearly a decade, said a source. 

Exclusive: First homes to break ground in Brooklyn Basin, Oakland's new waterfront neighborhood
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on March 2, 2017
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/03/02/oakland-brooklyn-basin-housing-ubs-signature.html
The first phase of the $1.5 billion Brooklyn Basin megaproject, a new waterfront neighborhood in Oakland, will break ground next month — a major milestone for a development that has been in the making for close to two decades.

Hines Breaks Ground on Oakland MacArthur Commons
Published by MultiHousing on March 1, 2017
https://www.multihousingnews.com/post/hines-breaks-ground-on-oakland-macarthur-commons/
Oakland, Calif.—Hines announced that the company broke ground on MacArthur Commons, a new multifamily development located in Oakland, Calif. The development project marks the company’s first for-rent residential project in the Oakland area. General Contractor Build Group anticipates occupancy of the first units in October 2018 and final completion by March 2019.

Housing vouchers fail the Bay Area
Published by KALW on March 1, 2017
http://kalw.org/post/housing-vouchers-fail-bay-area#stream/0
Eva Castillo* thinks of herself as a strong person. She was raised in the Sunnydale projects in San Francisco, sharing a bedroom with three brothers. Now, she works construction — often as the only woman on the job. But when she was evicted, she says she felt truly helpless for the first time in her life.

Developers show different ways to approach Oakland plots
Published by SFChronicle on March 1, 2017 
http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Developers-show-different-ways-to-approach-10966949.php
Planners and architects work hard in growing cities to try and make things seem like they aren’t. Again and again, the idea is to package long, squat structures so they look like several separate buildings.

Affordable apartments proposed in West Oakland could take years to get built
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on February 23,2017 
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/02/23/west-oakland-affordable-housing-ebaldc-apartments.html?ana=twt
Sixty affordable units could rise next to the historic California Hotel in West Oakland.

Big and Bigger Plans for an Oakland Tower and Terrace in the Sky
Published by Socketsite on February 22, 2017 
http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2017/02/two-plans-for-an-uptown-oakland-tower-with-some-big-terrace-views.html
In addition to plans for infilling Jack London Square, the CIM Group is pushing forward with two options for a new Uptown Oakland tower to rise on the current parking lot site at 325 22nd Street.  And based on current building heights, one of the options could yield the tallest tower in Oakland. 

Oakland OKs tiny homes, homeless youth housing plans
Published by the East Bay Times on February 23, 2017 
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/02/23/4596099/
OAKLAND — A tiny homes project and a housing program for youth, both aimed at easing a little of the city’s homelessness crisis, got the go-ahead Tuesday from the City Council.