For the last twelve days of the year, SF YIMBY will look back on each month to reflect on the biggest stories we covered. In October, we again broke the news about a proposed residential tower with renderings for the Bay Area, this time to be the tallest building in Oakland. Pre-construction progress was noted across the region, with Core Spaces making a second bid for 2128 Oxford Street to be the tallest project in Berkeley, new renderings for the OMA-designed 730 Stanyan Street, and Alexandria plans to redevelop the BART-adjacent Tanforan Mall in San Bruno. Meanwhile, construction progress was documented for the San Jose City College, 1510 Webster Street, and 2359 Harrison Street.
New Building Permits Approved, Updated Design For 730 Stanyan Street In San Francisco
October 5th: New building permits have been approved by the Planning Department for the construction of an eight-story affordable infill at 730 Stanyan Street in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco. The project is expected to cost just over a million dollars per unit, costing nearly $166 million. Along with the approval, the Board of Supervisors has passed a resolution supporting potential state funding for the project, and new design plans have been revealed from OMA.
Groundbreaking For Futuristic San Jose City College Career Education Center In San Jose
October 6th: The San Jose City College has broken ground on the Career Education Center facility, a flagship expansion for the campus in San Jose. Once complete, the building will provide a centralized destination for student programs, services, and community space. Steinberg Hart is responsible for the design.
Foundation Pour Completed For 2359 Harrison Street, Northgate-Waverly, Oakland
October 10th: Crews have successfully completed a 600 cubic yard concrete matt pour for 2359 Harrison Street, the future site of a 16-story mixed-use complex in Northgate-Waverly, Oakland. Once complete, the project will add 328 new homes and 13,200 square feet of retail to the 24th and Waverly intersection. Holland Partner Group is responsible for the development.
New Renderings For Town Tower, Potential Tallest Residential Tower In Oakland
October 13th: The CIM Group has submitted pre-application documents for a new 46-story residential tower at 325 22nd Street, named Town Tower, in Downtown Oakland. If built today, the project would be the tallest addition to the Alameda County skyline, rising 487 feet tall, well above the current 404-foot Ordway Building. The new plans are a shift away from 2017-era plans by CIM for an office tower at the same location.
Editor’s note: I honestly forgot how silly the name of this project is. Safe to say, I bet they’ll change it once or twice before opening.
2128 Oxford Street Makes Bid For Tallest Tower In Berkeley
October 14th: The race for the tallest building in Berkeley continues, and it is a contest of single-digit differences. Updated plans have been filed with the Berkeley Planning Department for 2128 Oxford Street, which raises the project to 26 floors and 284 feet tall. The plans are now the tallest proposed building for Downtown Berkeley, extending just seven feet over 1974 Shattuck Avenue.
Meeting Today For Tanforan Mall Redevelopment Project In San Bruno
October 25th: The preliminary project application will be reviewed today with the San Bruno City Council. The 44-acre masterplan led by Alexandria Real Estate Equities will reshape the existing BART-connected mall with new retail, homes, and a life science campus. The plans have been able to move ahead since Alexandria purchased the final necessary parcel of land in February of this year. The total cost for the 44-acre San Mateo County campus was just under $330 million.
Meeting Today For Orchard Residences Tower In Downtown San Jose
October 26th: The City of San Jose Planning Commission is scheduled to review plans today for the 30-story mixed-use apartment tower set to rise at 409 South 2nd Street in Downtown San Jose, Santa Clara County. The Orchard Residences project will create hundreds of new homes with some retail and on-site parking. Westbank is the project applicant.
Official Groundbreaking For 1510 Webster Street Tower In Downtown Oakland
October 28th: oWow has officially broken ground on what will become the tallest timber building on the West Coast. The developer held a ceremony yesterday afternoon at 1510 Webster Street in Downtown Oakland, with members of the project team, the community, and city officials in attendance. The project will rise 19 floors with over two hundred homes. Speaking with YIMBY, oWow President Andrew Ball shared the company’s ambitious timeline for completion in 16 months.
Presidio Bay Ventures Talks With YIMBY About Ventana Residences In San Francisco
October 31st: Construction is moving forward quickly for the Ventana Residences at 99 Ocean Avenue in Balboa Park, San Francisco. The team is expecting to open the site by March of 2023, becoming the largest HOME-SF Project built in the city. Speaking with YIMBY, Presidio Bay Ventures Managing Director Cyrus Sanandaji shared how the firm achieved this and why Ventana could not be repeated now.
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