In Case You Missed It...(3/9/2018)

Below are the top Oakland development stories for the week of March, 5, 2018:

California gears up for a battle over single-family zoning near transit
Published by the Mercury News on March 4, 2018
SACRAMENTO — Taking aim at climate change, highway gridlock and soaring housing costs, a California lawmaker has ignited a red-hot debate with a proposal that would force cities to allow more apartments and condominiums to be built a short walk from train stations and bus stops.

Transit-village housing in Oakland’s Fruitvale gets going, after years of delays
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on March 5, 2018
With BART trains rattling past in the background, several hundred people gathered last week under a white tent to celebrate the groundbreaking of Casa Arabella, a 94-unit affordable-housing complex going up on a surface parking lot just south of the Fruitvale BART Station.

New housing bill to add housing near transit has residents worried about the 'Manhattan-ization' of the Bay Area
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on March 5, 2018
A new bill aimed at fixing at least part of the state's housing crisis has some Bay Area residents worried about the “Manhattan-ization” of the region, as it looks to add more housing units at potentially higher heights to projects near transit hubs.

San Francisco Foundation partners with Facebook to fund affordable housing
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on March 6, 2018
The San Francisco Foundation is teaming up with Facebook Inc. to fund affordable housing in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.

Editorial: Faster track for transit-friendly housing
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on March 6, 2018
BART’s oft-delayed trains look downright speedy next to the painful pace of housing development around its stations. Take the affordable-housing complex Casa Arabella, the second phase of which broke ground on a parking lot near Oakland’s Fruitvale Station last week. The occasion, as The Chronicle detailed, arrived nearly a quarter-century after plans for the area transit village took shape.

Exclusive: 267 apartments proposed in Oakland's hot Uptown district near Lake Merritt
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on March 6, 2018
Another large housing project has been proposed in Oakland's Uptown district. Architect KTGY filed a pre-application for a 267-unit apartment building on a parking lot at 60 Grand Ave., continuing a trend of underutilized lots being targeted for new density.

Exclusive: Signature Development eyes new office and retail project in Oakland's burgeoning Auto Row district
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on March 6, 2018
After finishing two projects and adding three more to its pipeline, Signature Development remains hungry to pursue more projects in Oakland's Uptown and Auto Row districts.

Oakland council to consider vacant property tax ballot measure
Published by the East Bay Times on March 6, 2018
The measure, proposed by Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan, would impose a special parcel tax on all vacant property — including lots, industrial and commercial buildings, and units in apartment buildings and other multi-unit buildings. Though the rate is yet to be decided, Kaplan said in an interview she is proposing to tax vacant lots, industrial buildings and multi-unit buildings $6,000 a year and vacant units $3,000 a year.

Oakland lawmakers consider stopping cannabis companies from evicting renters
Published by SF Curbed on March 8, 2018
The Oakland City Council will hold a special hearing tonight to consider whether or not to adopt new rules to shelter renters from possible eviction by cannabis businesses in the city’s “Green Zone.”