Demolition permits have been filed for the existing four-story building at 1510 Webster Street to make a new 19-story mixed-use high-rise. The application comes after the planning commission approved the 182-unit affordable housing proposal in March of this year. oWOW is responsible for the development and design, operating through 1510 Webster Street LLC.
Construction will produce 182 units, of which 16 will be deed-restricted for low-income households earning 50-80% of the Area Median Income. The remaining 166 units will all be priced for residents earning between 90-135% of the Area Median Income. In addition, parking will be included for 182 resident bicycles and 40 guest bicycles.
The 195-foot tall structure will rise from a 14,110 square foot parcel to yield 13,290 square feet, with 3,590 square feet of retail. Unit sizes will range from 33 one-bedrooms, 77 two-bedrooms, 54 three-bedrooms, and 18 four-bedroom units.
The design by oWOW is responsive to its immediate neighboring building, the YWCA Building, finished in 1915 with design by the prominent California architect Julia Morgan. The podium for 1510 Webster Street will be clad with earth tone terracotta or precast material and rises to a 65-foot datum to mirror the height of the YWCA.
The project site is located at opposite corners of downtown Oakland’s 15th and Webster streets. The building neighbors many retail and commercial stores, restaurants, and businesses. The area is well-serviced by AC Transit bus lines 12, 14,29, 33, and 62.
A construction timeline has not yet been shared.
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Big improvement to what is already there. That whole street is changing quickly. It is close to downtown if you work there or close to BART.
I don’t really see how the “earth tone terracotta” is “responsive to its immediate neighboring building, the YWCA Building.” That heavy brick color looks pretty overpowering to Julia Morgan.