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Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of July 10, 2017: 

Opinion: In Oakland, people can’t find a place to call home
Published by the East Bay Times on July 9, 2017
When my organization teamed up with the Oakland Housing Authority to develop our latest affordable housing complex, we knew there would be a lot of interest. In the face of soaring housing costs, the Bay Area has a well-documented shortage of affordable homes.

Some residents return to homes following massive Oakland blaze
Published by SF Gate on July 8, 2017
Residents of one apartment building evacuated due to the massive fire in Oakland on Friday were allowed to return their homes late Saturday after crews toppled a giant fire-wrecked construction crane, officials said.

Federal Investigators to Examine Oakland Construction Site Fire
Published by NBC Bay Area on July 10, 2017
Federal investigators on Monday will piece through the charred skeleton of an under-construction apartment building in Oakland to determine if the blaze was accidental or intentionally set.

Has change in state law led to more construction fires?
Published by SF Chronicle on July 9, 2017
Friday’s fire at a seven-story apartment and retail complex under construction near downtown Oakland has put the spotlight on the expanded use of wood-frame construction in residential buildings.

I think it’s arson': Developer suspects political motives as officials probe latest Bay Area fire
Published by the Los Angeles Times on July 10, 2017
The suspected arsonist, wearing a backpack, black pants and a black hoodie, climbs the scaffolding of an apartment complex under construction near Oakland.

No link yet between fires at Oakland, Emeryville construction sites
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on July 10, 2017
Investigators looking into a series of suspicious predawn fires at housing construction sites in Oakland and Emeryville, including a massive blaze last week north of downtown Oakland, have not found evidence linking any of the incidents, officials said Monday

Nearby businesses suffering after massive Oakland apartment fire
Published by ABC 7 News on July 10, 2017
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) --
With the cause still unknown, investigators Monday returned to the scene of an Oakland fire that burned a 196-unit apartment building under construction late last week.

After spate of Oakland fires, state law allowing wood framing comes under new scrutiny
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on July 10, 2017
After a four alarm fire engulfed a seven-story housing and retail project on Friday, new scrutiny is being placed on a 2008 law that allows buildings under eight stories to use wood framing as long as they have two floors of concrete below, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

S.F. planning chief says development boom may have peaked
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on July 10, 2017
John Rahaim has been director of San Francisco's Planning Department since 2008, overseeing city's largest development boom in decades.

Oakland housing developers are on edge after spate of apartment fires, but determined to keep building
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on July 10, 2017
On Friday morning, John Protopappas’ phone started ringing around 6 a.m. with the first of about 40 calls.

Fuel poured in 2016 arson at Oakland apartment site, owner says
Published by SFGate on July 11, 2017
The owner of an unfinished Oakland apartment building that burned to the ground on Halloween said one or more arsonists entered the second level of the 41-unit complex and spread flammable liquid through the corridors and stairwell before setting it ablaze.

S.F. supervisors OK affordable housing laws
Published by SF Chronicle on July 11, 2017
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved two pieces of legislation intended to keep lower- and middle-class residents in the city, each requiring a hard-won compromise between the board’s moderate and progressive wings.

Bay Area’s dizzy real estate market: ‘Over asking’ bidding wars escalate
Published by the East Bay Times on July 11, 2017
Six months ago, there was widespread talk about the flattening of the Bay Area housing market — its red-hot temperature had calmed to a simmer.

Bay Area rents: Oakland rises, San Francisco and San Jose decline — but little relief
Published by the Mercury News on July 13, 2017
Bay Area rent trends are religiously tracked by a host of analysts. Most say the market is generally softening, though others lately have noticed an uptick on a month-to-month basis.

Raiders will pay $378 million fee to NFL to leave Oakland for Vegas
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on July 13, 2017
The NFL has reportedly decided that the Raiders will have to pay a $378 million fee over the next 10 years in order to move to Vegas, a payout which will begin when the team moves in 2019.

Q&A with Oakland developer fire victim: "We have every intention on rebuilding"
Published by KTVU on July 13, 2017
OAKLAND, Calif. - Wood Partners, the owner and developer of the Alta Waverly construction site, says they have every intention on rebuilding in Oakland. Last Friday their 196-unit residential and commercial property on Valdez Street was destroyed in a fire. The incident came shortly after three East Bay construction arson fires prompting concern that development may be under attack.

Mayor Schaaf recognizes anxiety of Oakland's housing loss: 2 Investigates
Published by KTVU on  July  13,  2017
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Mayor Libby Schaaf says she is not waiting for the results of the recent Alta Waverly construction fire investigation to fight the perception Oakland is vulnerable to possible anti-development arsonists. She met with more than a dozen local developers Wednesday to take their concerns and analyze suggestions. 2 Investigates Candice Nguyen shares her one-on-one interview with the Mayor about concerns for existing construction projects and how she plans to bring possible criminals to justice. 

Oakland appears to be breaking down
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on July 14, 2017
Oakland is a mess right now.
Everywhere I look, Oakland appears to be breaking down.


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  • Sam Felsing
    published this page in Archive News 2017-07-13 15:43:15 -0700