Approved last August, the entitlements for the 1,032-unit “Hub” development designed to rise upon the 3-acre Caltrans lot at 500 Kirkham, across from The Crucible and a block from the West Oakland BART station, are slated to expire on August 21, 2021, if the ground isn’t broken.

And while the project’s expiration date is still a year away, Panoramic Interests is now proactively seeking a three (3) year extension of the project’s entitlements, which include approvals for a 338-foot-tall, 32-story tower to rise on at the corner of 7th and Union, to August 21, 2024.

We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Hancock

    I was very excited to see this get built. Looks like we’re waiting until the start of the next cycle!

  2. Posted by Logan

    this is a good project, and better than the sea of giant blocks that came before it. that plan, however, seems a bit too retail-optimistic. that “retail pathway” and ” essential services pathway” – or at least one of them – would be more successful as townhome-lined alleys with stoops.

    • Posted by JIPB

      I live a few blocks from the BART station and there is virtually no retail space within walking distance in any direction. Retail use buildings for the neighborhood were all on 7th Street. Over time, and particularly after construction of the above ground BART on 7th, all of the commercial building have been razed. We are desperate for retail space.

  3. Posted by Notcom

    I’m curious – sad? worried? – as to how long it will be before we see ready access to a BART station as being a valuable asset. The current picture isn’t at all encouraging, although BART tells us, and it’s true, that these numbers are ‘2 or 3 times what they were in April’ it’s also apparent that recovery seem to be stalled; I drove by a station (Rockridge) the other day and one could play street hockey in a lot that normally would be 100% filled by 7:30 AM.

  4. Posted by Pablito

    It’s a great looking project, but really the ONLY reason to live here would be because it is walking distance to West Oakland Bart – the closest station to downtown SF.
    The rest of the neighborhood? Blighted with pretty severe homelessness and poverty. There are really are zero amenities or retail.

    It’s a bold move, and hopefully it moves forward, but I don’t see how it could be revenue positive.

    • Posted by Snobby McGoogle

      Oh come on, man… Orbit Coffee & Donuts! Right next door! That ain’t blight, that’s beauty

      • Posted by Pablito

        Sure. One good thing, and a grimy dollar store type market. I’m down here often and it’s a neighborhood that needs a lot of help.

        There are also a dozen crazy encampments that look like the movie District 9. The City government of Oaklands response to the whole neighborhood is pretty much to pretend it doesn’t exist.

        If this gets built this one project represents more $$$ invested in housing here than the entire rest of the neighborhood for the last 20 years….

  5. Posted by Dave

    Most of there projects, whether in SF or Oakland, will be in hold until there is a clearer vision of post-pandemic America. If the future is “give me land, lots of land” and an eschewing of public transport then many of these projects will not get built. I suspect the “Hub” in SF will be especially impacted and basically no see the light of day.

    This complex was partly targeted for folks in SF who increasingly could not afford to live there. But, but – now with many companies moving to permanent telework and open space, larger living quarters being in demand why “settle” for this when you can live in outer Contra Costa County, Napa, Sonoma and Sacramento as well as the Foothills. With no commute. The demand for exurb housing is going though the roof and new homes, in particular, are catering to that with “office space” becoming an in demand option in new construction. Folks don’t want to live in small tack and pack units if they don’t have to – and the new paradigm will allow them to not have to.

    • Posted by Brian M

      Driving around these glorious exurban counties recently, one thing that is obvious is FIRE is becoming an increasingly serious problem. Glen Ellen, which burned in the Nunes Fire, had a major fire along Highway 12 which closed the State Park. Fairfield has a fire which burned the entire “Nelson Hill” quarry site, burning right down to the edge of the subdivision. Interstate 680 is lined by several fire sites. The Foothills? If we are, as some climatologists suggest (even with climate change) entering a long term drought cycle, are you sure moving to Camino is a good idea? All that living space doesn’t mean very much if your house burns…or all the lovely scenery around you has been blackened by fire.

      As with your glorious Seattle, your analysis is superficially there but has some serious shortcomings.

    • Posted by Mikey

      You are correct. This project was envisioned & designed based on a very different time & situation in the world.

      Have you ever walked in that area? There’s not really anything else around there nowhere to go shopping, etc. These people are going to be *rich people theft targets* for the rest of the existing neighborhood residents. Sounds harsh, but jealousy of richer folks is real in West Oakland. It would be righteous, based on “don’t gentrify my hood*

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