Oakland: MacArthur Transit Village - 25-Story Tower to Rise Next to Busy BART Station

Rendering: Boston Properties/Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Ever since the affordable housing component of the MacArthur Transit Village was completed, all eyes have been on the surrounding lots that are supposed to remake this former parking lot into a vibrant and welcoming mixed-use development.

Though plans for some of the remaining parcels have been announced, a major surprise comes from the last parcel in the heart of the development. Plans now call for a 25-story tower to rise on Parcel B, located just north of the recently constructed BART parking garage (see map below). With a planned height of 260 feet, it will be by far the tallest building in this primarily low and mid-rise part of Oakland.

When completed, the project will contain 402 new housing units, 45 of which will be affordable. The tower will also include 10,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor as well as a public plaza.

The property is being developed by Boston Properties which primarily owns office properties in major US markets, including the Embarcadero Center complex in San Francisco. Architects for the project Solomon Cordwell Buenz are similarly represented in some major high-rise projects in San Francisco like the recently completed Solaire in SOMA.

Though the MacArthur Transit Village as a whole has received city approvals, this current proposal is significantly taller than what was permitted for this site and will require additional approvals. While the city's Design Review Committee appears to be supportive of the tower, it remains to be seen if it will fly through the approval process without any opposition. Existing community feedback from prior outreach efforts can be found here (PDF). It appears to be about evenly split between those supportive and those "concerned."

For those wanting to voice their opinions, a public hearing for the project will be held on Wednesday, August 10th at 4pm. More details here (PDF.)

Map: Boston Properties/Solomon Cordwell Buenz
View from 41st and Telegraph. Rendering: Boston Properties/Solomon Cordwell Buenz
View from 40th & Clarke. Rendering: Boston Properties/Solomon Cordwell Buenz
View from 37th and Telegraph. Rendering: Boston Properties/Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Close up of the tower's base. Rendering: Boston Properties/Solomon Cordwell Buenz
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Joe Stephens
August 10, 2016 at 7:48 PM delete

I think the concept of a high rise close to transit is great, but the building is ugly. It reminds me of Fox Plaza in San Francisco. You would think they could come up with a more appealing design.

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