Seagate Properties is working to build a 395-foot mixed-use tower at 88 Grand Avenue in the heart of Downtown Oakland. The development permits had been filed in 2018 and approved in 2020. The full structure will provide retail and residential housing on the Central Business District’s northern side, half a block from Broadway. With planning approved, the next step to anticipate will be groundbreaking.
The 35-story development is expected to yield 303,700 square feet, of which 289,200 square feet is for residential use, 1,300 square feet is for ground-level retail, and 1,600 is for an automated vehicular parking tower, the tallest in the Bay Area with a capacity for 45 vehicles. Storage for 140 bicycles is included. 21,750 square feet of open space will be divided between private balconies and shared terraces on floors two, thirty-five, and the rooftop.
Seagate Properties will sell 12 apartments as affordable for very low-income households. The project receives a 20% state density bonus for a total of 275 units by including affordable housing. Its apartment sizes vary, with 83 studios, 117 single-bedrooms, 66 two-bedrooms, and 9 three-bedroom units. The accommodation is two blocks away from the central 19th Street Oakland BART Station and three blocks from yesterday’s headline story, 415 20th Street.
KTGY Architecture and Planning is responsible for the design and project management. The building is not a completely curtain-wall structure. The architects write, “the exterior of the building will be clad with a mix of glazing and metal paneling along with additional glazing panels that will contain a fritted decorative pattern that will read vertically throughout the building facade.”
Demolition is not required for construction, as the parcel contains surface parking in its existing condition. Groundbreaking was initially expected in 2020. Once construction starts, it is expected to last 29 months. 88 Grand Avenue will contribute to Oakland’s Broadway Valdez District Specific Plan, a city program providing a framework for future growth and construction across 95 acres along the Broadway corridor between Grand Avenue and I-580. The plan expects to generate 3.7 million square feet divided between hotel, office, residential, and retail use.