The refined designs for a proposed 25-story tower to rise up to 270 feet in height at 1721 Webster Street, between 17th and 19th Streets in Oakland’s Central Business District, could be approved Oakland’s Planning Commission this afternoon.

In addition to 250 new apartments, the Holland Partner Group’s plans for the development include 2,100 square feet of new retail space fronting Webster; 5,000 square feet of office space on the fourth floor; a 250-car garage; and 15,000 square feet of open space between a podium terrace and rooftop terrace with an outdoor pool, as we first reported earlier this year.

The garage entrance on Webster has been redesigned by Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) to be less prominent. And yes, the previously envisioned yellow accents are now orange.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by SFRealist

    The orange accents were the first thing I noticed. If every new building in SF has them it’s only fair that this plague spreads to Oakland.

    • Posted by chasechase

      Interesting, the previous rendering had them as yellow accents.

    • Posted by Elitist Pig

      Aside from the disease spreading, this looks good.

      • Posted by SFRealist

        I’m not an architect, but was there a guide or handbook put out 20 years ago that declared orange rectangles to be the ideal decorative element? It can’t be a coincidence, can it?

        • Posted by The Milkshake of Despair

          Just guessing but that color looks like International Orange. If so it is a reference to SF’s most prominent landmark.

          • Posted by Mitchell

            “A reference to SF’s most prominent landmark”? LOL! That must be the cap from a hypodermic needle, lying in the gutter. Otherwise, I have a bridge to sell you.

    • Posted by Notcom

      Au contraire, mon ami: SF is Giant’s territory, Orange is appropriate; THIS is the very heart of A’s Country…the highlights should be green !!

  2. Posted by Jay78

    Nice. Build build build.

  3. Posted by cfb

    Nice! Now we need that parking lot next door to get developed…

  4. Posted by Hancock

    Exciting! I haven’t done my zoning homework but Webster Street looks like it’ll be a nice housing and retail corridor for downtown Oakland with 1700 Webster (across the street from 1721 Webster) currently under construction and 2044 Franklin (which also fronts Webster) making its way through planning.

  5. Posted by dogwoodstar

    It is a shame that the site could not incorporate the parking lot next door. There is so much surface parking taking up space in DTO, it seems like a missed opportunity. Anyone know if the developer tried to reach out to the lot owner?

  6. Posted by Some Guy

    How did this ever get past Oakland Planning and Building?

    It’s way too good-looking, I’m suspicious..

  7. Posted by Snark17

    Burnt orange is to 2017 as teal green is to 1987, i.e., a seriously dated and boring accent color.

  8. Posted by pablito

    Next week the accents will be red. The construction plans will show cabernet. When the building opens they will be purple. Eventually fading to black….

  9. Posted by Tim E

    So curious if it was approved this afternoon if anyone knows. East Bay times has a pathetic business and development sections like most of the corporate chain newspaper outlets. SF Business Times is not much better but you never get the follow up and always behind a pay wall.

  10. Posted by Adam G

    Just build baby. We need more housing.

  11. Posted by Andrew

    Approved unanimously 7-0.

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