Opinion: Breaking the Cycle of Neighborhood Disinvestment and Corporate Profiteering

By Richard Marcantonio---Oakland Conduit’s Development Map is striking, not only for the number of development projects that are going on right now in the city, but for where they are located. With few exceptions, the current development boom is laser-focused in the Downtown and lower Uptown neighborhoods. 

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In Case You Missed It...

Here are the top Oakland Development stories for the week of April 17, 2017: 

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Will Oak Knoll Help Oakland?

By José Fermosa---With the growth in housing development at an all-time high, residents might believe companies thinking about building in Oakland have a standard process to integrate the community’s preferred requirements into their plans. For years, these requirements have included a sizable number of affordable housing units and the employment of union laborers.

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Approved: 1314 Franklin Street

By Sam Felsing---After delaying its vote by two weeks, the Oakland Planning Commission Wednesday unanimously approved plans for a 40-story tower set to be built on a one-block lot at 1314 Franklin St. 

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What You Told Us...

In the past two weeks, many of you took to Facebook to express your opinions about our March 31 articles, “Homelessness and Lack of Affordable Housing Outrank Crime in List of Oaklanders’ Concerns,” “Uber in Trouble in Oakland” and “Not All Building is Good Building,” our thorough examinations of a recent poll conducted by the East Bay Residents for Responsible Development (EBRRD). Here’s what you told us: 

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In Case You Missed It...

Here are the top Oakland development stories for the week of April 10, 2017:

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Update: Downtown Specific Plan

The Conduit received the following communication from the City of Oakland: 

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Map Update (4/14/2017)

Below are the proposed developments submitted to the Planning Commission in the past week.

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Update: 1314 Franklin

This past week (April 10 to April 14), representatives from Carmel Partners sat down with members of the Oakland Chinatown Coalition and the Black Arts Movement Business District to negotiate additional community benefits for Carmel's 1314 Franklin project. 

As for how the negotiations are going, a representative from the Chinatown Coalition told the Conduit: 

"Negotiations continue throughout the week, with the best possible outcome an agreement before the 4/19 Planning Commission meeting, and the worst possible outcome an appeal to have more time to resolve issues if the Planning Commission approves the project without a CBA."

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A Look at Holland Partners

By PeterSnar---A new development, with 5,000 square feet of retail space and 250 apartment units, is in plans to hit the Oakland skyline in the near future. The 25-story building, which will go up at 1721 Webster St., is in development by Holland Partner Group. 

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