Illustrations have been published for the 2.5 acres of vacant land around the historic 16th Street Train Station in West Oakland, Alameda County. The development, dubbed Signal House, would be the fifth townhome-style development by the abandoned station in Oakland’s Prescott neighborhood, this time adding 90 homes. City Ventures is the project developer.
Construction will yield 141,300 square feet across ten buildings, each between 35 to 48 feet tall. Unit sizes will vary with 15 studios, four one-beds, and 71 townhome-style two-bedroom apartments. Parking will be included for 99 cars and just eight bicycles. Around 1,600 square feet of retail will be opened up along Wood Street. According to the application, “The project will be marketed to first time home buyers and young families looking to grow their roots in Oakland. The townhomes provide great flexibility for different family sizes with studios and townhomes ranging from 2 to 3 bedrooms.”
WHA is responsible for the design. Illustrations provide some insight for the development, which includes a few irregular floorplates for the ten structures densely wrapped around the wide inner streets. The townhouses will have a rhythmic pattern of setbacks and bay windows to distinguish each condo visually. The retail space, by contrast, will feature a historicized facade with faux marble bricks to match the adjacent station.
The vacant irregular-shaped parcel will abut the historic 16th Street Train Station, a Beaux Arts connection designed by architect Jarvis Hunt for Southern Pacific Railroad in 1912. The structure served as the main Bay Area stop for Amtrak until 1994, when services transferred to Emeryville.
According to the project application, Signal House is the fifth project to accompany the landmark. These include Holliday Development’s Pacific Cannery Lofts, Bridge Housing’s affordable housing Ironhorse, Pulte’s Zephyr Gate, and City Venture’s 171-townhome Stationhouse project, designed by Baran Studio Architecture.
CBG is consulting on civil engineering. The estimated cost and timeline for construction have yet to be established.