Oakland: 2300 Valdez/Alta Waverly Development - New Renderings Show Impact of Large Mixed-User

Rendering: Wood Partners/PYATOK
Back in February, I first covered a new mixed-use development that is set to rise in downtown Oakland on the corner of 23rd and Valdez Streets. The project is planned to rise on what is currently a large surface parking lot and a small commercial building. It would add 196 apartments as well as 31,000 square feet of ground floor retail to this rapidly changing area. Wood Partners, a major national housing developer, is behind the project and Oakland-based architects PYATOK are designing the project that now appears to be named Alta Waverly. 

The project was approved by the planning commission a little over a month ago but no groundbreaking date has been announced just yet. In the meantime, some new renderings were recently posted on the architect's website. They include some minor modifications from the initial renderings that were likely made based on the feedback from city planners. Most notably, the bright blue facade is now more of a grayish, greenish blue as pictured above. Others modifications include a slight redesign of the facade along Waverly Street.

What's striking about these renderings, and why I decided to post them, is that they show how tremendously different this area will feel once this building is completed. Currently, the urban feel of downtown Oakland falls off a cliff on this block but in just a few years it will continue north as the project's nice retail frontage and attractively landscaped sidewalks will invite people to keep walking and exploring. It's also nice to see that the architects included the neighboring development at 2315 Valdez (more on that development coming soon) in one of the renderings to show how the street will be completely transformed on both sides.

Though currently there don't appear to be any active building permits for this project, with a major developer like Wood Partners, I'm sure it won't be long before we see shovels in the ground. And, in a perfect world, the project across the street hopefully won't be far behind.

2315 Valdez on the right, 2300 Valdez on the left. Rendering: Wood Partners/PYATOK
Looking south down Valdez. Rendering: Wood Partners/PYATOK
Retail stores and restaurants will help activate sidewalks in the area. Rendering: Wood Partners/PYATOK
A prominent retail space will active the corner of 23rd and Valdez. Rendering: Wood Partners/PYATOK
The building will extend all the way to Waverly Street. Rendering: Wood Partners/PYATOK
Another view of the project's ground floor retail spaces. Rendering: Wood Partners/PYATOK
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