In Case You Missed It (8/24/2018)

Here are the top development stories in Oakland for the week of August 24, 2018.

Port of Oakland gives $70,000 to develop eco-jobs workforce
Published by Hellenic Shipping News on August 19, 2018
https://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/port-of-oakland-gives-70000-to-develop-eco-jobs-workforce/
The Port of Oakland has given $70,000 to a local non-profit to prepare local workers for careers in the environmental construction trades. The money is going to Oakland-based Rising Sun Energy Center which has a track record of helping low-income adults get jobs in the construction, energy efficiency, and solar industries.

Construction To Begin On $52 Million Facility
Published in Alameda Patch on August 20, 2018
https://patch.com/california/alameda/construction-begin-52-million-facility
OAKLAND, CA — Work is expected to start this fall at the Port of Oakland on the first building of the Seaport Logistics Complex, aimed to boost the port's capacity for distributing freight, port officials said Friday.

Oakland A's Hire Design Forward Architect to Oversee New Ballpark
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on August 22, 2018
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Oakland-A-s-hire-design-forward-architect-to-13172836.php
The Oakland A’s have hired the cutting-edge Danish architectural firm, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), to lead the design process for a new ballpark and surrounding development.

SFMTA head defends choice of contractor in Twin Peaks tunnel death
Published by the San Francisco Examiner on August 22, 2018
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sfmta-head-defends-decision-hire-company-muni-tunnel-worker-death/
In his first public comments since a steel beam killed a worker in the Twin Peaks Tunnel, the embattled director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on Tuesday defended the decision to hire the company involved.

Real Estate Digest: Construction starts plummet, new housing coming to San Mateo, Kilroy pushes into the Bayview and more
Published by the San Francisco Business Times on August 21, 2018
https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/news/2018/08/21/real-estate-digest-construction-starts-kilroy.html
Westcore Properties recently bought an industrial property in Oakland for $13.6 million, as the region’s warehouse and distribution sites continue to attract investors. Westcore, a global commercial and industrial property investor, scooped up four buildings totaling 87,870 square feet on 2.5 acres at 1600-1700 Kirkham St. and 1701-1731 Poplar St. from an undisclosed seller.

Bay Area's First Modular Hotel Under Construction
Published by Bisnow on August 21, 2018
https://www.bisnow.com/san-francisco/news/hotel/bay-areas-first-modular-hotel-under-construction-91897
Developers are in the process of building the Bay Area's first modular hotel. The 144-room Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel at 550 Gateway Blvd. in South San Francisco is being developed by Southern Hospitality Services and built by Akshar Development. It is expected to open in the spring.

Adaptive Reuse Providing Ideal Opportunities To Build Housing Along 880 Corridor
Published by BISNOW on August 23, 2018
https://www.bisnow.com/oakland/news/construction-development/adaptive-reuse-providing-ideal-opportunities-to-build-housing-along-880-corridor-91943
With high demand for housing along the East Bay 880 corridor and a lack of untouched land, adaptive reuse is becoming an important pathway to build more housing and mixed-use projects.

As South of Market burgeons, will the boom leave some behind?
Published by the San Francisco Chronicle on August 24, 2018
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/As-South-of-Market-burgeons-will-the-boom-leave-13178644.php
The plan to rezone San Francisco’s Central SoMa neighborhood to spur job growth around the route of the $1.6 billion Central Subway would transform an already rapidly changing city corridor.

Oakland Unified lacks funds to pay for all capital projects so board halts some
Published by EdSource on August 24, 2018
https://edsource.org/2018/oakland-unified-lacks-funds-to-pay-for-all-capital-projects-so-board-halts-some/601528
Already reeling from looming layoffs to close its budget deficit, the Oakland Unified school board decided to halt some construction projects underway because the district can’t afford to complete them.


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