The Oakland Conduit staff received the final draft of the Oak Knoll project’s final supplemental environmental impact report (EIR) close to when we were set to publish this week’s edition.
Here are the top Oakland Development stories for the week of April 24, 2017:
*Updated from the original April 14 story. Scroll down to see new answers from the Dimond Improvement Association.
How people feel about real-estate development in Oakland can vary, based on their neighborhoods, socio-economic circumstances and political beliefs. The Oakland Conduit wanted to know how people’s thoughts about Oakland’s real-estate development boom varied from neighborhood to neighborhood. Our staff compiled a list of community groups across the city and asked their members a few questions.
As mentioned last week, the Planning Commission approved a 40-story tower at 1314 Franklin. The tower approval had been delayed two weeks while the Oakland Chinatown Coalition (OCC) and the Black Arts Movement and Business District (BAMBD) worked with the tower’s developer to secure a better community benefits agreement (CBA) for the project.
Below is a statement from the Community Coalition for Equitable Development, the main advocacy organization for both OCC and BAMBD, about the agreement the groups made with the developer.
The Oakland Planning Commission gave the go-ahead for developer CIM Group to build two new residential towers in Jack London Square; the decision came at the same meeting (April 19) the OPC also approved Oakland’s largest residential tower project, 1314 Franklin Street.
Below are the proposed developments submitted to the Planning Commission during the week of April 24, 2017.
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.
Here are the top Oakland Development stories for the week of April 17, 2017:
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.