What are the project stats? Units, size, parking?
The project consists of 204 residential apartments ranging in size between studios, 1, 2, and 3-bedrooms and approximately 150 secured parking spaces in an underground garage. The ground level will have 34,000 square feet of retail and approximately 140 parking spaces on a dedicated level underground.
Will there be affordable housing? What kind and how much?
Yes, we are excited to offer below market rate apartments on site! The project will have 17 below market rate units (this amounts to 11% of the base project) for individuals and families earning less than 50% of the area median income. More information about affordable housing can be found here.
Are the units for sale or rent?
Currently we are planning for the apartments to be rentals, however condos are an option in the future. Rates will be set about one year ahead of time (we’re targeting mid-2019 for move-in) and we’ll post detailed leasing info to this website.
How much retail space will there be and who are the tenants?
There will be a total of about 34,000 square feet of retail on the ground level, split between 3-5 spaces. The largest space is a 28,000 square feet grocery store, with the remaining 6,000 square feet planned for locally owned restaurants and retail. We are excited to announce that Whole Foods 365 will be opening a grocery store at this location. The press release is available here.
What’s the rooftop farm all about?
We see rooftops not just as a necessity, but as an opportunity to do something different and excellent. Rather than clutter the rooftops with unsightly equipment we’re planting a one acre urban farm that will produce hyper-local organic food. We’ve partnered with Top Leaf Farms to help us create and maintain this space to bring delicious vegetables to kitchens and tables right here in Temescal.
What is the status of project approvals and what is the schedule moving forward?
The City completed its CEQA analysis of the project on April 29, 2016. The complete document is available at the City of Oakland’s Planning and Zoning website here. The project received its entitlements on June 1, 2016. Pending construction permits, construction will begin in Spring, 2017.
We see the site has been cleared and the old Global Video building removed. What’s next?
Yes, demolition is complete as of February, 2016! We’re happy to have removed the blighted building and cleared the way for an exciting and beautiful interim site use. The activity you see on site now is a temporary urban farm. This Spring you’ll see produce and flowers come to life and help beautify the site until the main project starts.
How can I get updates about design and construction?
As we continue to work on the project, we’ll post updates and hold additional community meetings to spread the work and hear your feedback. Please check the Meetings tab for scheduled meetings.