Oakland: Brooklyn Basin Construction Update - Road Improvements and Continued Utility Work

Roads are paved and ready to go at Brooklyn Basin. 
The highly anticipated Oakland mega project Brooklyn Basin is inching right along as the main focus of the construction work continues to be utilities and street improvements. 

It appears that the roads in the phase 1 area of the development have been fully paved which is hopefully an indication that a good amount of utility work has been completed and that we will soon see construction work begin on the first buildings. This first phase will consist of 5 separate buildings as well as a new park known as Shoreline Park. Look for a post on what this new park will look like in the near future.

Perhaps the most noticeable change in the area, however, is not so much on the actual Brooklyn Basin site but along the Embarcadero where some serious road reconstruction is happening. The entire sidewalk, parking lane and bike lane on the western side of the street have been completely torn up. Look for new sidewalks, bike lanes and a resurfaced road along this stretch of the Embarcadero in the near future. Though most of us may never call Brooklyn Basin home, it's good to know that we're seeing some much needed road upgrades in this area.

Looking south along the Embarcadero. 
Looking north along Oakland's Embarcadero. 
Also of note is that the northernmost site of Brooklyn Basin is currently seeing some demo work. The original phasing plan shows this site as the last to be developed so with a construction schedule of 8 years we're looking at 5+ years before this lot may see construction work. It's not clear whether there are interim plans for this site or perhaps we're looking at an accelerated construction schedule.

Though utility and road work may not be the kind of exciting construction work most of us like to see, it nonetheless means that this huge project is moving forward and "real" construction won't be far behind.

Demolition work is visible on the phase 4 site of the Brooklyn Basin development. 
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December 3, 2016 at 12:28 AM delete

The project is estimated to cost over $1bn and is being primarily financed by Zarsion Holdings Group of China, in partnership with the Oakland-based Signature Development Group. The first phase of the project broke ground March 13, 2014 and it's expected to be completed within three to four years.
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The project is estimated to cost over $1bn and is being primarily financed by Zarsion Holdings Group of China, in partnership with the Oakland-based Signature Development Group. The first phase of the project broke ground March 13, 2014 and it's expected to be completed within three to four years.
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