Ellis Partners is abandoning the previously approved plans for a 20-story tower to rise at 1100 Broadway in Downtown Oakland. And instead, they’re proposing to develop an 18-story building, the top eight floors of which would be cantilevered over the historic Key System Building on the site.
As designed by Gensler, the cantilevered portion of the tower would extend 25 feet over the historic eight-story building, with roughly 27 vertical feet separating the two.
The dilapidated Key System Building, which was built in 1911 and the former headquarters of the Key System Railway (which ran a line across the lower deck of the Bay Bridge between the East Bay and San Francisco), is slated to be completely renovated and structurally joined to the new building, allowing for continuous floor plates across the entire third to eighth floor of the development.
In total, the 1100 Broadway development is designed to yield 310,000 square feet of office space, roughly a third of which has been pre-leased to the University of California Office of the President, and 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail space fronting Broadway and 11th Street.
And assuming the new approach is approved, Ellis Partners, which purchased the long-dormant project site from SKS Partners in a joint venture with Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation a few months ago, is aiming to break ground by the end of the year and have 1100 Broadway ready for occupancy in late 2019 or early 2020.