Plans for a 40-story residential tower in Downtown Oakland are moving forward now that a neighboring business owner has dropped an appeal following an agreement with the city. The proposal would bring 381 units to what is currently a surface parking lot at 1431 Franklin Street in the heart of the urban core. Tidewater Capital is the project developer.
Geoffrey Pete, the owner of the neighboring community and event space, Geoffry’s Inner Circle, first submitted an appeal for the residential tower in February last year. The appeal noted that “although it was not acknowledged…during this process, the proposed building if approved, would be built directly next door to a registered National Resource, 410 14th Street.” The appeal highlighted how the review process for the tower reflected “mismanagement of the protections provided by the designation of the cultural district cited as the Black Arts Movement and Business District by the City of Oakland.”
Eli Wolfe of Oaklandside was the first to report on the withdrawn appeal. Wolfe reported that an agreement was reached concerning “stricter conditions that councilmembers imposed on Tidewater’s residential project, including noise mitigation measures and a requirement that the developer hold a community meeting on its draft construction management plan.”
If built, the residential tower would stand 413 feet tall, with 381 apartments, 8,100 square feet of public open space, and on-site residential parking. Large Architecture is responsible for the design. The plans have gone through several design revisions. The latest renderings show a stepped tripartite tower with a uniform gridded facade. The firm shared that their inspiration came from the spired towers across Downtown Oakland and the bold verticality of the Cathedral Building.
The estimated timeline for construction has yet to be established. Reached for comment, the Construction Direction at Tidewater, Kyle Winkler, told YIMBY, “We have reached this significant milestone through thoughtful collaboration with all stakeholders associated with the project. We look forward to continued engagement as we shepherd this project forward.” Tidewater did not response to questions about the future of their alternative office proposal filed for the same lot.