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Latham Square Project
Latham Square is a prominent and architecturally important intersection in the City of Oakland:
- Located at the intersection of two of the most significant streets in Oakland (Telegraph Avenue & Broadway)
- Gateway to the emerging Uptown neighborhood and entertainment district
- Historically significant role in transit history as the hub of major transit lines connecting Richmond and Berkeley
- Flanked by the Rotunda and Cathedral buildings, two of the best local examples of early 20th century architecture
- History Boards: See Latham Square through the ages!
The City has worked closely with local stakeholders on the plaza design. Outreach activities included: over 25 individual meetings with local businesses, property owners, residents and other stakeholders; and public presentations to the Oakland Chamber of Commerce and Oakland Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee. The outreach played a critical role in the design of the pilot. One clear finding is that the plaza needs planned activities to remain a vibrant and attractive space. Based on the results of the design process and community interest, Oakland City Council passed a Resolution in May 2013 authorizing the pilot project (see the Report, Resolution & Videos).
The City has held various community meetings and events since then to hear stakeholders’ thoughts and comments.
- In 2007, the City Council approved a new intersection configuration/design at Broadway & Telegraph Avenue, and Telegraph from 15th Street to 20th Street. See the Inner Telegraph Concept Design.
- In 2008, the City received a $9.9 million Proposition 1C state grant for streetscape improvements in the downtown/uptown areas.
- In August of 2012, the City began exploring ways to improve and expand Latham Square. This resulted in the idea of a “pilot” project (see below).
- A community design workshop for the Pilot Plaza was held on February 23, 2013.
- In May of 2013, the City Council approved the Pilot Plaza.
- In June of 2013, the conceptual phase of the new re-design of Latham square began.
- Pilot Plaza opening was held August 16, 2013.
- Community Meeting #1 was held September 14, 2013.
- The first Plaza PopUpHood event was held October 12, 2013.
- Community Meeting #2 was held November 20, 2013.
- City Council Meeting was held on January 7, 2013 and approved preliminary design.
- Community Meeting #3 was held January 30, 2014.
- Community Meeting #4 was held May 8, 2014.
- Community Meeting #5 was held June 12, 2014.
- A Tree Removal Permit Application was filed on July 23, 2014 for seven trees that will be removed and replaced by 14 trees. Six trees in the median require removal to accommodate the proposed street realignment of Broadway and Telegraph Avenue. One tree requires removal to accommodate the proposed pedestrian pathway of the expanded plaza.
- The City released the construction bid documents on December 16, 2014 to solicit contractor bids. See the Final Conceptual Drawings.
Permanent Latham Square Plaza Project
- Enhancing existing and attracting new business
- Designing roadways and intersections with all modes and safety in mind
- Creating a larger functional plaza space for daily use and special events
- Highlighting and restoring the Latham Square fountain
- Incorporating the latest in storm water systems design
- Retaining and improving on the existing landscaping and trees as well as the important historical aspects of the square
Latham Square Pilot Plaza Project
- Pilot Project Design Details
- Pilot Plaza Legislation (Report, Resolution & Videos)
- Pilot Project Introductory Presentation
- Stakeholder Design Meeting Presentation
- See the Downtown Oakland Association's Latham Square website for information on programmed events