New plans have been filed for a six-story residential infill at 3801 Telegraph Avenue in Mosswood, Oakland. The BART-adjacent plan has been reduced from 158 units to 110 rental units, reducing the height by just eight feet. Riaz Capital is the project applicant.
Writing to the city planning department, Riaz Capital explained that “due to the current financial environment and the delay in the processing of this project, we have chosen to reduce this project to a 5-story building in order to reduce the overall cost of the project.”
The 67-foot tall structure will yield around 57,820 square feet, with 55,470 square feet for housing and 2,350 square feet for commercial retail. Parking will be included for 46 bicycles and no cars, a decision that should bolster public transit while reducing congestion. Most units will be studios with 327 to 507 square feet each, with four two-bedroom apartments. Twenty units will be designated as affordable to moderate-income households.
The ground-level floor will include four retail condos and a cafe. A small lobby by the leasing office and mailroom connect with a corridor to the fitness center and landscaped courtyard. The open space will include seating, a patio space, synthetic turf, and planters. The building is technically five floors, with the top floor of windows occupied by a loft.
Left Coast Architecture is responsible for the design. The project facade is articulated with setbacks and massing to reduce the overall scale of the building visually. This is partially achieved by contrasting the darker base with a white crown. The exterior will be clad with stucco, concrete, and wood-look tiles. Jett is responsible for landscape architecture and CBG is the civil engineer.
The quarter-acre property is at the corner of West MacArthur Boulevard and Telegraph Avenue, on the same block as the MacArthur BART Station transit hub. Demolition will be required for the single-story restaurant structure and related surface parking.
The estimated cost and timeline for construction have yet to be established.