Oakland: 1630 San Pablo - First Office Building to Rise Post Recession

Rendering: 17oak.com
While passing through downtown Oakland a couple of weeks ago, I noticed a small triangular lot that had concrete columns peeking out above a construction fence. Since the lot is immediately adjacent to a large parking structure, I thought that it was likely an expansion of the existing structure and that's why I hadn't heard about it. After doing some research, however, it looks like this might be the first post-recession office building to rise in the downtown Oakland area.

Located on the corner of 17th Street and San Pablo Avenue, the structure itself is fairly small and according to the project's leasing website will contain just under 28,000 square feet of commercial space. The project's website also suggests that the first floor is suited for retail or restaurant tenants while floors 2-5 could accommodate office, live/work or medical uses. Finally, the rooftop will be leasable as well and is advertised as an ideal space for a beer garden, restaurant or event space.

Despite the lot's small size, this is not the first proposal for this corner. This Loopnet listing shows that there was a pre-recession project planned for this site that would have been a few floors taller with quite a dramatic design. Though the project may have been reduced in size, it's great to see a formerly vacant lot transformed into a pedestrian-oriented building that will help activate sidewalks in this area. As office vacancy rates are dropping to nearly single digits in downtown Oakland, I wouldn't be surprised if in the coming year we will see more proposals for office developments. Check out more renderings of this project below:
Rendering: 17oak.com
Rendering: 17oak.com

Rendering: 17oak.com

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