In Case You Missed It (8/17/2018)

Here are the top development stories in Oakland for the week of August 17, 2018.

The Oakland we knew is not going to remain
Published by The Mercury News on August 12, 2018
https://extras.mercurynews.com/oaklandboom/
SLEEK NEW CONDOS rise up amid the graffiti-covered warehouses, artist’s studios and homeless encampments of West Oakland. Construction cranes dot the downtown skyline, and scaffolding-shrouded towers march down Broadway into Temescal.

BART seeks developer for 20-acre East Bay plot
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on August 14, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/08/14/bart-seeks-developer-for-20-acre-east-bay-plot.html
Bay Area Rapid Transit is looking for a developer to build a mixed-use project in what's currently 1,977 spaces of parking and an intermodal bus facility adjacent to the North Concord/Martinez station.

Worker Dies After Twin Peaks Tunnel Project Construction Accident
Published by KQED on August 12, 2018
https://www.kqed.org/news/11686567/worker-dies-after-twin-peaks-tunnel-project-construction-accident
Patrick Ricketts, a 51-year-old signal technician, was pinned underneath the beam at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday. According to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, nearby workers rushed to help Ricketts, who was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died later that evening.

Banks should do more to prevent renters from being displaced
Published by American Banker on August 14, 2018
https://www.americanbanker.com/opinion/banks-should-do-more-to-prevent-renters-from-being-displaced
American Banker’s recent article on displacement financing shined light on an issue that many community organizations deal with on a daily basis — watching their low-income clients get pushed out of their homes.

Developer proposes 84 units at former meat shop in Jack London Square
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on August 15, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/08/15/jack-london-square-housing-branagh-proposal.html
Lafayette-based Branagh Development hopes to add to the rising skyline in Oakland's Jack London Square. Branagh recently filed a pre-application for 84 units at 220 Alice St., now a two-story building owned by a former meat shop called Prime Smoked Meats Inc.

Oakland Tower Newly Rendered, City Seeks Outstanding Design
Published by Socket Site on August 14, 2018
http://www.socketsite.com/archives/2018/08/redesigned-oakland-tower-newly-rendered-sixth-extension-nears.html
Plans for a pair of residential towers to rise up to 275 feet in height at 325 Seventh Street, on the edge of Oakland’s Chinatown, were first approved by the city seven years ago, the ground for which has yet to be broken.

Affordable housing program in Oakland helps keep Section 8 renters in place
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on August 16, 2018
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Affordable-housing-program-in-Oakland-helps-keep-13159427.php
As luxury high-rise condos replace Oakland’s once-affordable housing stock, city officials said Wednesday a first-of-its-kind program that gives financial incentives to landlords renting to low-income families is off to a strong start.

170-acre Port of Oakland development breaks ground
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on August 17, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/08/17/170acre-port-of-oakland-development-breaks-ground.html
After 15 years of planning, a huge Port of Oakland development is about to begin construction.

Port of Oakland Invests in Local Workforce
Published by Maritime News on August 17, 2018
https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/port-of-oakland-invests-in-local-workforce#gs.itQr=dMThe
Port of Oakland announced Thursday that it has given $70,000 to a local non-profit to prepare local workers for careers in environmental construction.


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