In addition to plans for infilling Jack London Square, the CIM Group is pushing forward with two options for a new Uptown Oakland tower to rise on the current parking lot site at 325 22nd Street. And based on current building heights, one of the options could yield the tallest tower in Oakland.
As designed by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), Option A calls for a 250-foot-tall tower, with 408,000 square feet of office space over 7,400 square feet of ground floor retail and a garage for 181 cars:
But the plans could be stretched for Option B, a 34-story tower rising up to 450 feet in height, with 820,000 square feet of office space over 7,400 square feet of retail space and a garage for 342 cars:
In the words of Oakland’s Planning Department, the 450-foot-tall tower “has a more elegant, refined mass that supports the success of the Central Business District as a densely developed, vibrant commercial center,” while the 250-foot-tall plan “appears bulky and squat” when compared to the taller scheme. But “both options are generally well-designed.”
And while both options include a signature “sky terrace,” the taller plan could yield some rather spectacular views.