Construction crews started work soon after building permits were issued for the five-story residential development at 685 9th Street in Downtown Oakland, Alameda County. The infill is replacing a vacant commercial structure and parking with 117 homes, including some affordable housing. Riaz Capital is the property owner.
The 65-foot tall structure will yield 66,700 square feet. Parking for 46 bicycles and no vehicles will be included, promoting public transit in the area. Residents are less than ten minutes away from the 12th Street Oakland BART station on foot and fifteen minutes away from the Oakland ferry terminal, connecting with Alameda, San Francisco, and South San Francisco. Of the 117 new homes to be built, 82 will be priced at market rate, and 35 will be affordable housing.
Levy Design Partners is the design architect, with CFLA as the landscape architect. The facade materials include cement plaster, stone, and composite panels. LDP writes that the design “takes advantage of the angular shape of the site and is a modern rendition of the classical base, middle and top. The building base is designed to be a stone or tile material, and the top of the building is elevated with a parapet.”
The property is located between 8th and 9th Street along Castro Street. Residents will also be close to I-980, two blocks from Lafayette Square and a nine-minute block from the 12th Street BART Station.