New renderings have been published ahead of a public meeting for 1431 Franklin Street, a high-rise project in Downtown Oakland. The Oakland Design Review Committee will be presented with a residential and office concept for the property tomorrow. The applications are led by San Francisco-based Tidewater Capital and the Los Angeles-based Large Architecture.
At this stage, Tidewater Capital is advancing the two distinct project concepts for the same property. Both proposals would be a significant addition to the city’s skyline and are viewed favorably by city staff. Construction would replace nearly half an acre of surface parking in the urban core.
If Tidewater proceeds with the office variant, construction will start on what would be today Oakland’s tallest building. The 425-foot tall structure will yield 419,480 square feet and three levels of above-grade parking for 93 vehicles on-site. Spread across the rest of the tower will be three floors with landscaped amenity spaces, as well as a rooftop terrace.
The modern design, admittedly scaled back from prior ambitious renderings, will have sandstone-colored masonry bricks along the podium with extruded mortar joints. The rest of the tower will be wrapped with metal and floor-to-ceiling glass skin to match the podium.
The structure will feature just 27 floors. Thanks to generously high ceiling heights, the office project is the taller option.
If Tidewater builds the residential variant, construction will rise 36 floors with a rooftop height 392 feet tall. The structure will yield 460,530 square feet, with 377,300 square feet for residential use and amenities and 83,230 square feet for the 194-car garage. Storage will also be included for 106 bicycles. While a 194-car garage is significant for a property by several mass transit options, it is still fewer than the 438 cars that zoning would typically require for a project of this scale.
The residential version of 1431 Franklin Street proposes to add 350 new homes to the city, of which 35 will be designated for very-low-income households. The development benefits from the 50% State Density Bonus Program, elevating the project from a base zoning of 233 market-rate units.
Above the garage podium, there will be a sixth-floor amenity deck with an outdoor barbeque space, fitness center, lounges, and working space. The rooftop will be the main attraction, with a club, library, several outdoor barbeque pits, and an open-air pool. An additional 9,000 square feet of private open space will be spread across various in-unit balconies.
Renderings show the facade will be intricate, manipulating the bay window motif, adding a sense of movement to the curtainwall facade. Inset balconies will be revealed between bay windows, offering a space for fresh air to specific units. The planning document does indeed show that the architects were inspired by Studio Gang and the designs at Mira in San Francisco, and 11 Hoyt Street in Brooklyn.
According to public records, the vacant property at 1431 Franklin Street was last sold in 2019 for $6 million. The lot is located between 14th and 15h Street, and just one block over from Atlas, a recently-completed 633-unit residential tower.
Residents will be near various AC Transit bus stops, and two blocks from the 12th Street Oakland BART Station.
The Design Review Committee is scheduled to convene tomorrow, December 8th, at 3 PM. See the meeting agenda here for information about the meeting and how to join.