2016 Telegraph Avenue is Halfway Complete, Uptown, Oakland

2016 Telegraph Avenue lounge on top of podium, rendering courtesy Brick Inc

Construction has reached the halfway point at 2016 Telegraph Avenue, an 18-story mixed-use tower in Uptown, Oakland. The building will top out at over 180 feet above the street, bringing 230 new apartments to the fast-changing neighborhood. Lane Partners is responsible for the development.

2016 Telegraph Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

2016 Telegraph Avenue, rendering courtesy Brick Inc

The building is expecting company in 2015 Telegraph Avenue. Lane Partners is also planning for a similarly designed 114-unit 14-story residential tower with ground-floor retail to fill up the address, which is currently occupied by a single-story commercial structure. Demolition has yet to commence, and it is unclear when construction will start on the companion tower. Both developments will increase the density of the transit-rich East Bay city.

2016 Telegraph Avenue street view, rendering courtesy Brick Inc

2016 Telegraph Avenue, image by Andrew Campbell Nelson

The architecture is by Brick Inc, with the design team led by Rob Zirkle, Matt Combrink, and Kevin Deng. The project features high ceilings and light walls. Those entering will be greeted with a marble concierge desk and lounging space. Renderings show units featuring dark grey tiled floors and exposed concrete ceilings illuminated by floor-to-ceiling windows. Apartment sizes will vary from studio to two-bedroom.

2016 Telegraph Avenue interiors, rendering courtesy Brick Inc

Residents will have access to a fitness center, theater, open rooftop deck, and community garden. Shared kitchen space for group dining or events will be on the six-story podium roof overlooking Thomas L. Berkley Way.

2016 Telegraph Avenue lobby with front-desk attendant and lounge space, rendering courtesy Brick Inc

The Uptown district is part of the Oakland Redevelopment Agency’s plan to create a new entertainment and retail destination by the 19th Street BART station. Built on a former parking lot half a block from the transit stop, 2016 Telegraph Avenue will provide more space for new car-free residents.

The estimated completion date is not yet known. Once complete, both towers will add 344 new units across 292,000 square feet.

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