New renderings have been published for the residential development at 3403 Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. Located by the retail-rich Broadway thoroughfare and Pill Hill neighborhood, the project will replace surface parking and a single-story office building with 73 new homes and ground-floor retail. oWOW is the owner, developer, and project architect.
The 85-foot tall structure will yield roughly 55,000 square feet, with 2,040 square feet of open space. Of the 73 units, there will be 28 studios and 45 two-bedroom units. Seven units will be designated as affordable housing for low-income tenants earning between 50-80% of the Area Median Income.
The development includes parking for 23 bikes and 29 cars, using vehicle stackers. While a project of this scale would typically be required to have 53 car spaces per city code, oWOW applied for a 30% reduction thanks to being within half a mile of a transit area.
In its existing condition, the subject property for 3403 Piedmont Avenue is primarily being used as office parking for tenants in the adjacent structure, the historic Sawmill Building at 3400 Broadway. The lot is also by the historic Upper Auto Row and 1-580 overpass.
The new design by oWOW shows the proposal now mimicking the facade of the Sawmill building. The textured cladding will be in a warm beige tone, similar to its historic neighbor. Contrasting the tower facade, dark metal trim will be included along the base and in each window frame. The two top levels will be set back from the datum, complementing the height of the Sawmill Building. Their exteriors will be clad with dark-tone exterior paneling.
An estimated construction cost and the timeline for 3403 Piedmont have not yet been established.