Preliminary Application for 585 17th Street in Downtown Oakland

585 17th Street, rendering by BDE Architecture585 17th Street, rendering by BDE Architecture

The preliminary application has been filed for an eight-story apartment complex at 585 17th Street in Downtown Oakland. The plans will create nearly a hundred homes at the corner of 17th and Jefferson Street, two blocks away from Oakland City Hall. San Francisco-based DM Development is the developer.

The pre-application will ensure the developer can benefit from Senate Bill 330, allowing the developer to streamline the approval process. The project will not benefit from the State Density Bonus program because all 94 rental apartments will be priced at market rate.

585 17th Street pedestrian view, rendering by BDE Architecture

585 17th Street pedestrian view, rendering by BDE Architecture

585 17th Street rooftop deck, illustration by BDE Architecture

585 17th Street rooftop deck, illustration by BDE Architecture

Details about the project proposal are unchanged since our coverage late last year. The 83-foot tall structure will yield around 76,420 square feet, including 4,180 square feet for retail. Construction will bring 94 market-rate apartments, averaging around 450 square feet. Unit sizes will vary, with 28 micro-units, 19 junior apartments, 14 studios, 21 one-bedrooms, and 12 two-bedrooms. Parking will be included for five bicycles.

BDE Architecture is responsible for the design. Illustrations show the facade clad with vertical panels, stucco or fiber cement, and a concrete or stone base. The retail space will be split between the ground level and the rooftop. The future business will get a landscaped rooftop deck with views across the city to Berkeley and Mount Tamalpais.

585 17th Street, image by Google Satellite

585 17th Street, image by Google Satellite

BKF Engineers is the civil engineer, and Jett is the landscape architect. The construction will add five wood-frame floors above three concrete floors. The 0.23-acre parcel is located at the corner of 17th and Jefferson Street, close to San Pablo Avenue. Future residents will be just five minutes from Downtown Oakland’s 12th Street and 19th Street BART Stations along Broadway.

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10 Comments on "Preliminary Application for 585 17th Street in Downtown Oakland"

  1. Uninspiring!

  2. Fantastic infill! We need more

  3. Great that more housing is being planed in a transit rich area. There is a minor lacking in only planning parking for 5 bicycles.

  4. Kim Vanderheiden | February 11, 2024 at 9:48 am | Reply

    9000 people unhoused and we’re offered something with all market rate housing while we shove unhoused people from block to block until they die. No thank you. Give us the housing we need, PLEASE. And yes, the lack of parking planning except for five bicycles is absurd.

  5. would you park YOUR bicycle in a common parking area accessible to other people…and thieves? I sure wouldn’t.

  6. We need it

  7. Why are developers pursuing projects in Oakland when everyone is trying to get out of that crime infested hellhole?

  8. I like this. Most residential buildings should be nondescript.

  9. At this point in the business cycle and given the social changes from Covid, anything that adds to the tax base, brings people downtown, and provides more housing in Oakland is sorely needed. Complaints that people don’t like the design or object to anything built that does not include BMR units are absurd. The developer is turning a particularly ugly parking lot bordered by a huge white wall in the urban core to life, economically and socially. And the tax base created by buildings like these are exactly what will pay for more police and subsidized housing. Time for a little support.

  10. Poncho – crime is definitely a problem in Oakland but developers recognize that its a solvable-problem with determined persistent political will. Oakland remains attractive for development because its in the geographic center of the bay area, has tremendous transit infrastructure, and is the only urban center in the bay with available, affordable land that can be maximized to a true urban density. Nothing should be built less than 15-20 stories in downtown Oakland.

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