Responding to feedback from Oakland’s Design Review Committee, the facade of Rubicon Point Partners’ proposed 37-story tower to rise up to 423 feet in height at 1750 Broadway, between 17th and 19th Streets in Uptown Oakland, has been refined by Handel Architects.
Refinements include transparent railings over the building’s podium, a reduction in the “visible impact” of the proposed metal screening to front Broadway, and a more clearly delineated new elevator entrance to the 19th Street BART Station below.
If approved as proposed and the ground is broken, the development would now yield 307 apartments over a 170-car podium garage (with its entrance on 19th Street) and 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. But there is (at least) one potential sticking point with respect to the project’s timing and feasibility.
Transdev, which is the largest provider of transportation services in North America, including paratransit services for both BART and AC Transit, not to mention shuttle services for Google, Apple and eBay, is a leaseholder in the three-story Community Bank of the Bay building which currently sits on the site.
And while Rubicon Point Partners has had “numerous interactions with Transdev and the affiliated stakeholders regarding their lease in the building,” including a formal mediation session held earlier this year, a formal agreement to relocate the company has yet to be reached with seven years remaining on Transdev’s original lease and an option to extend for an additional five.
We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.