Oakland: 845 Embarcadero - First Brooklyn Basin Building Is MovingCloser to Breaking Ground

Rendering: Signature Development Group/BAR Architects 
Though the huge Brooklyn Basin development technically broke ground a while ago, work on the project has been entirely focused on infrastructure so far. This is, unfortunately, unavoidable with brownfield developments like this one.

However, we may finally see above ground construction as Signature Developments is seeking final approvals from the city on the development's first building. The project is set to be discussed by the Oakland design review team later this week which means that we are getting some additional details of what this first phase will entail.

For those hoping for high-rise construction or a full blown build-out of the first phase right away, I'm sorry to say that the first structure will be a relatively modest 7-story building with 241 housing units and just under 3,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. It will rise along the recently approved Shoreline Park that will hopefully also begin construction soon. Designs for the first building come from San Francisco-based BAR Architects which has designed many mixed-use buildings in the Bay Area. When completed, Brooklyn Basin's 13 parcels will add a total of 3,100 new residential units across the 22 acre development.

Parcel B (center left), Embarcadero/880 freeway upper right corner.
Rendering: Signature Development Group/BAR Architects
I'm excited for to see the more meaty aspects of this project finally move forward. I also hope that future phases of the project will move forward quickly so we can avoid a lengthy build-out that will leave the area feeling disjointed and incomplete for a long period of time. Perhaps Parcel A is next which, at least according to initial plans, is slated to include a high- rise structure.

Rendering: Signature Development Group/BAR Architects
Rendering: Signature Development Group/BAR Architects

Rendering: Signature Development Group/BAR Architects

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