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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 Pilot 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.
- The City will hold Community Meeting #3 to discuss design elements and programming for Latham Square, Thursday, January 30, 2014 from 6-8 p.m. at AIA East Bay, 1405 Clay Street. This is an opportunity to lend your voice to items such as lighting, landscaping, furniture and fixtures, seating and paving treatments. See the event flier.
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
- Final design for the plaza must be completed by spring 2014 in order to allow time to bid out the project for construction.
- Final construction on the permanent plaza must be complete by December 31, 2014 to meet grant requirements.
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