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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of July 17, 2017: 

‘Huge failure’: 80 percent of Oakland firefighter warnings of unsafe buildings go unchecked
Published by the East Bay Times on July 16, 2017 
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/07/16/huge-failure-80-percent-of-oakland-firefighter-warnings-of-unsafe-buildings-go-unchecked/ 
OAKLAND — In what an expert calls a “huge failure,” hundreds of residential and commercial buildings across Oakland were never inspected after firefighters flagged fire dangers and referred them for follow-up, including more than 200 apartment buildings housing thousands of residents, an investigation by the Bay Area News Group has found.

'YIMBYtown' Conference Kicks Off In Oakland
Published by SFist on July 14, 2017
http://sfist.com/2017/07/14/pro-development_yimbytown_conferenc.php
The YIMBY movement is not just a San Francisco thing, and this weekend in Oakland, self-described YIMBYs are gathering in Oakland for the second annual YIMBYtown conference, sharing ideas about how to get cities to build more and denser housing.

Oakland cathedral construction flaws at center of diocese lawsuit
Published by the Mercury News on Jul 17, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/17/oakland-cathedral-construction-flaws-at-center-of-diocese-lawsuit/
OAKLAND — Since it was completed in 2008, Oakland’s Cathedral of Christ the Light has been hailed as an architectural marvel, but the same design and construction that has drawn such praise is also at the center of a legal dispute over defects including cracking concrete, faulty plumbing and other flaws that have caused damage to the cathedral complex.

Why builders' best efforts to protect construction sites from fire still fail
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on July 14, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/07/14/development-fires-oakland-construction-housing.html
Contractors have plenty of threats to worry about: vandalism, theft, natural disasters such as earthquakes and now, more than ever in the Bay Area, arson.

Pro-Development 'YIMBYtown' Conference Kicks Off In Oakland
Published by SFist on July 14, 2017
http://sfist.com/2017/07/14/pro-development_yimbytown_conferenc.php
The YIMBY movement is not just a San Francisco thing, and this weekend in Oakland, self-described YIMBYs are gathering in Oakland for the second annual YIMBYtown conference, sharing ideas about how to get cities to build more and denser housing. 

Oakland cathedral construction flaws at the center of a disoces lawsuit. 
Published by the Mercury News on Jul 17, 2017
http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/17/oakland-cathedral-construction-flaws-at-center-of-diocese-lawsuit/
OAKLAND — Since it was completed in 2008, Oakland’s Cathedral of Christ the Light has been hailed as an architectural marvel, but the same design and construction that has drawn such praise is also at the center of a legal dispute over defects including cracking concrete, faulty plumbing and other flaws that have caused damage to the cathedral complex.

Why builders' best efforts to protect construction sites from fire still fail
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on July 14, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/07/14/development-fires-oakland-construction-housing.html
Contractors have plenty of threats to worry about: vandalism, theft, natural disasters such as earthquakes and now, more than ever in the Bay Area, arson.

Oak Knoll Development Plans to Transform East Oakland and Create 5,000 Jobs and $1 Billion in Economic Activity
Published by the Oakland Post on July 14, 2017
http://www.oaklandpost.org/2017/07/14/oak-knoll-development-plans-transform-east-oakland-create-5000-jobs-1-billion-economic-activity/
As city meetings to discuss approvals for the Oak Knoll project near, criticism of the developer by some bay area anti-growth activists have suggested that this project will not be good for our community. City Council President Larry Reid, however, has been telling a very different story and has actively promoted some big numbers when it comes to economic benefits from the Oak Knoll development. He regularly talks about the project generating 5000 jobs or adding $5.2 million annual in recurring revenue to the City. So where do these numbers come and what do they mean for Oakland?

Why are Oakland housing projects getting downsized amid a historic building boom?
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on July 18, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/07/18/oakland-housing-development-downsizing-costs.html
Some Oakland builders' soaring ambitions are getting more modest amid rising construction costs and financing challenges

Editorial: This is how low the bar has sunk in Oakland
Published by the East Bay Times on July 18, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/07/18/editorial-this-is-how-low-the-bar-has-sunk-in-oakland/ 
There seems no end to Oakland’s government dysfunction. 

Oakland housing project breaks ground near construction site damaged in suspicious fire
Published by the East Bay Times on July 19, 2017
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/07/19/new-oakland-housing-development-breaks-ground-in-shadows-of-construction-project-damaged-in-suspcious-fire/
OAKLAND — There was a ceremony here Wednesday to mark the groundbreaking for the Alexan Webster, a new 234-unit, mixed-use project, but it wasn’t the backdrop either the developers or city officials had anticipated for such a momentous day.

Exclusive: Oakland office building could be demolished for 313 housing units
Published by the San Francisco Business Journal on July 19, 2017
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2017/07/19/oakland-development-housing-rubicon-1750-broadway.html
A three-story office building in downtown Oakland could be demolished to make way for 313 housing units.

Amenity-Rich Housing Headed To Downtown Oakland
Published by BisNow on July 19, 2017
https://www.bisnow.com/san-francisco/news/construction-development/more-housing-headed-to-downtown-oakland-76722
Trammell Crow Residential officially broke ground Wednesday on its first residential/mixed-use project in Northern California since re-establishing its office in the Bay Area. The $135M project at 2330 Webster St. will redevelop a 1.42-acre parking lot between Webster and Valdez streets into a mixed-use project with luxury apartments, retail, parking and art.


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