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Central District Project Area
The Central District Project Area is an economic and transportation hub for the San Francisco-Oakland Metropolitan Area.
The area includes nearly 30 office buildings totaling approximately 9.5 million square feet and three BART stations. Additionally, more than 40 AC Transit bus lines connect the Central District Project Area with other parts of Oakland and nearby communities.
The Central District's development objectives:
- Eliminate blight by strengthening the Project Area’s role as an important office center for administrative, financial. business and government activities.
- Establish the Project Area as an important cultural and entertainment center.
- Re-establish residential areas for all economic levels.
- Restore historically significant structures.
- Facilitate economic development.
- Support transit-oriented development.
- Provide adequate infrastructure such as public parking, sidewalk and traffic control.
Boundaries: Embarcadero, Grand Avenue, Lake Merritt, I-980
Established: 1969, Amended / Supplemented 1971, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004
Size: 250 blocks
- Redevelopment Plan (Exhibit 1 and 2)
- Five-Year Implementation Plan: Vision Document
- Blight Report
- Downtown Development Activity Chart
- Central District Redelopment Plan Amendment Draft EIR
- Central District Redevelopment Plan Amendment Draft EIR Appendices
- Central District Redelopment Plan Amendment Final EIR
- Central District Plan Amendment 2010-2011
- Complete improvements to commercial properties through the Facade and Tenant Improvement programs.
- Complete construction of streetscape improvement projects.
Public Facility Projects
- Renovations/improvements at Lincoln Square Park, Jefferson Square Park, Madison Square Park, Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, and Chinese Garden Park.
- Broadway/Valdez Specific Plan - planning for retail and mixed-use development. Learn more about this plan.
- Lake Merritt Station Area Plan - planning and EIR for area surrounding Lake Merritt BART station. Learn more about this plan.
Streetscape projects may include upgrades such as new sidewalks, trees, median improvements, street lighting, undergrounding of utilities, gateway/arch construction, pedestrian and bicycle access improvements, traffic calming features, bulb-outs, scramble traffic signals, crosswalks and new street furniture.
- Broadway Phase II & III - Design and construction of a new sidewalk on the west side of Broadway from 16th Street to 17th Street, and selected pedestrian amenities from 13th Street to 20th Street including some new trees and tree grates.
- Broadway/West Grand - Installation of new double-acorn candelabra lighting fixtures, street tress and median improvements between 21st Street and West Grand.
- Latham Square - Reconfiguration and enlargement of Latham Square, traffic island removal, traffic calming features, revised signalization, and new furniture, lighting and pedestrian amenities. For more information visit the Latham Square Pilot Program page.
- Old Oakland - New brick sidewalks, historic lighting, and pedestrian amenities on the west side of Washington Street from 7th Street to 9th Street.
- Revive Chinatown Pedestrian Improvements - Scramble traffic signals, bulb-outs, pedestrian countdown timers, high visibility crosswalks, new sidewalks, lighting, new furniture, lighting at four intersections: 8th/Webster, 9th/Webster, 8th/Franklin and 9th/Franklin. Project completed Summer 2008.
- Telegraph Avenue - Widen sidewalks, reduce travel lanes from two north/south bound lanes to one north/south lane plus a center turn lane, construction of corner bulbouts, and lighting and pedestrian amenities from 16th Street to 20th Street.
10K Downtown Housing Initiative - This program was designed to bring 10,000 new residents to downtown Oakland by encouraging the development of housing. The initiative led to streamlined development and permitting processes, identification of key opportunity sites and creation of incentives on a case-by-case basis. To date, the number of units necessary to house 10,000 new residents has been surpassed.
10K Housing Map 10K Project Descriptions
Fox Courts -- 80-unit affordable family housing project
Fox Theater -- National Historic Landmark movie palace with a new facility for Oakland School for the Arts
Uptown Phase I -- 665-unit rental housing project
Several programs helped eliminate blight and stimulate development within this project area.
Basement Backfill and Repair Program
The Redevelopment Agency developed this program to help private property owners repair their deteriorated sub-sidewalk basement spaces in specific Oakland downtown areas.
The overall purpose of this program was to correct the problems these deteriorated basements bring--leaking and rusted elevator access doors, deteriorated structural elements, rusted rebar, leaking skylights and sidewalk grilles – so that the City can begin several streetscape projects.
For more information contact George Durney (510) 238-6150 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Noteworthy Private Development
(Completed or In Process)
- 365 Main Oakland Data Center - Reconstruction of 111,000 square-foot office building
- 555-12th Street - 677,000 square-foot office building
- Cathedral Building at 1615 Telegraph - Landmark 14-story Class B office and residential building
- Cathedral of Christ the Light - New cathedral center with offices and conference facilities
- Center Twenty-One - New Class A nine-story office, 215,000 square-foot office building completed in late 2007
- Jack London Square - Redevelopment of mixed-use project by waterfront
- Kaiser Center - New commercial towers with focus on pedestrian connection
- Plaza 360 at 360-22nd Street - Class B building renovation project completed in 2009
The Central District Project Area includes these neighborhoods: Broadway Auto Row, Chinatown, City Center, Gold Coast, Lake Merritt District, Jack London Square, Loft District, Ironworks District, North Gate, Old Oakland, Produce Market, San Pablo Triangle and Uptown.
- Area Map (High-resolution version)
- Central District Commercial Map
- 10K Downtown Housing Initiative Map