Oakland: 1955 Broadway - Uptown Station Renderings Show Amazing Transformation

Rendering: Lane Partners/Gensler
As a high-profile anchor development for downtown Oakland, the redevelopment of the former Sears building, now known as Uptown Station, has received plenty of attention from the press. In case you haven't heard, developer Lane Partners is completely remodeling this historic structure and will turn it into a 400,000 square foot office building with a generous amount of ground floor retail. Gensler is the architect for the project and has released a number of renderings, several of which I hadn't seen before.

Though a great project overall, what stood out to me immediately from these renderings is how amazingly beautiful the ground floor of the building will look once completed. The rendering above shows a light-filled interior with high ceilings that make the space feel open and inviting. Similarly, the building looks to be very open to the sidewalks and embraces the neighborhood rather than turning its back on it. It's already been announced that Newberry Market & Deli will be a major tenant for the retail portion of the development but I'm curious to see what other types of stores we will see. I hope that along with new and exciting restaurants we might finally see some soft-good retailers in downtown Oakland. Perhaps some independent clothing boutiques could start a trend and finally give the East Bay a truly urban shopping district?
Rendering: Lane Partners/Gensler

Rendering: Lane Partners/Gensler

Rendering: Lane Partners/Gensler

Rendering: Lane Partners/Gensler
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