As proposed, nearly 800 residential units could be built at the base of the West Oakland BART station, with a 30-story, 500-unit residential building rising up to 320 feet in height at the corner of 7th and Mandela, a 7-story mid-rise building with 240 below market rate units (and 22 market-rate duplexes fronting Chester), and a 100-foot-tall office building at the corner of Mandela and 5th.
In addition to the 762 residential units, the overall development, as designed by JRDV Architects for the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) in partnership with the Strategic Urban Development Alliance (SUDA), would yield 382,000 square feet of office space, up to 75,000 square feet of retail space (including a major food market) and nearly 90,000 square feet of plaza and paseo space, including a new civic plaza and multipurpose community space along 7th Street dubbed “Mandela Plaza.”
While the station’s current surface parking lot for 451 cars would be eliminated to make way for the development, a new underground lot below the development would provide parking for 400 cars and a public bike station (with secured storage, rental and repair facilities) under the overhead BART tracks would accommodate around 500 bikes.
And while the proposed project is officially “in the design phase” and “no details are as‐yet available regarding the construction schedule and phasing,” according to the project team’s internal development schedule, they’re aiming to secure approvals and financing by the end of this year, break ground on the first phase of the overlapping, three-phase project in early 2020, and complete the West Oakland Station development in the third quarter of 2022.
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