As proposed and working its way through Planning, the Oakland Acura Dealership at 277 27th Street will be razed and a 18-story building with 448 residential units over 66,500 square feet of retail space will rise across the Auto Row site which covers the majority of the city block bounded by 24th, 27th and Valdez Streets (save the buildings fronting Valdez and one parcel at 299 27th Street).
As designed by HKS for the Holland Partner Group, the retail component of the project is primarily oriented along the 24th Street frontage with a large anchor tenant space at the corner of 24th and 27th.
The 27th Street frontage would contain a secondary residential lobby as well as a small retail or other commercial space and the retail garage entrance for 139 cars. The building’s primary lobby and residential garage entrance for 150 cars would be located along 24th Street.
The wings of the L-shaped residential building would rise to a height of 200 feet.
From the Planning Department’s preliminary review of the design which will be formally presented to the Oakland’s Design Review Committee tomorrow:
“Staff feels that the base of the building and the interior floor plate layout is well designed in a manner that will allow for a successful retail environment. The design tucks the parking back into the middle of the site so that it is not a highly visible component of the project when viewed from the streets, and the architect has done a good job of providing the necessary loading berths required for the retail facilities to be viable while not allowing them to overwhelmingly dominate any important facade by incorporating a glass bi-fold door that will blend in with the other retail facilities along 27th Street.
With regard to the exterior design, the proposal will incorporate a large percentage of glass at most of the retail locations but use a heavier approach at the corner which helps to create an strong corner component to the intersection somewhat similar to what exists today with the Acura dealership, but more pronounced. The dual levels of most of the facades will include a use of glass and metal panel. Staff is open to this approach but will want to see more detail of the materials as well as samples prior to moving forward with any final approvals.”
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