Oakland: 4700 Telegraph - Redesigned Mixed-User Coming To Temescal Neighborhood [Updated]

Rendering: Nautilus Group
A long-planned mixed use building for Oakland's Temescal neighborhood has been redesigned and is ready to move forward. The planned 48-unit mixed-use building would rise on the corner of 48th Street and Telegraph Avenue on a site that is currently home to two older residential buildings and a vacant lot. The new structure would be 5 stories tall and include ground floor retail space along Telegraph.

Though initially approved in 2006, Oakland-based developer Nautilus Group decided to change the project's design and lower the amount of parking after purchasing the lot from the previous developer. Though I haven't found high quality renderings for the new design, based on the renderings attached to city documents, the current design is an improvement over what was previously proposed. The previous design (pictured below) had a Mediterranean look which, in my opinion, would not have fit well into the neighborhood.

As for the reduced parking, city staff recommended that the Planning Commission approve the project with 46 parking spaces. This is a reduction from the originally approved 56 spaces but not the major reduction to 32 spaces that the developer was hoping for. Whether the Planning Commission went with the staff recommendation is not known at this point. A representative from the Nautilus Group has let me know that the project was approved with 32 spaces (24 residential, 8 commercial). Given that the project is only 0.5 miles from the MacArthur BART station, it makes sense to include less parking than was previously approved.

Overall, I think this will be a great addition to the Temescal neighborhood and will provide some much needed housing in close proximity to a major BART station.

[Updated with additional information and renderings from Nautilus Group]

Rendering: Nautilus Group
Rendering: Nautilus Group
Rendering: Nautilus Group
The building will also feature a rooftop garden. Rendering: Nautilus Group

Previous design. Rendering: Kahn Design Associates
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