New proposal. Would be Oakland’s new tallest depending on if it gets approved and is completed before 415 20th Street.
- 487 FT 46 FLOORS
- 596 units (140 studios, 292 1BR, 156 2BR, and 8 penthouses)
- 25 of the units will be affordable
- 9,380 sq ft of retail
- 734-car 12-story podium garage
- Additional parking will be included for 54 bicycles
The current site:
New Renderings For Town Tower, Potential Tallest Residential Tower In Oakland
BY: ANDREW NELSON 5:30 AM ON OCTOBER 13, 2022
The CIM Group has submitted pre-application documents for a new 46-story residential tower at 325 22nd Street, named Town Tower, in Downtown Oakland. If built today, the project would be the tallest addition to the Alameda County skyline, rising 487 feet tall, well above the current 404-foot Ordway Building. The new plans are a shift away from 2017-era plans by CIM for an office tower at the same location.
The development will create 596 rental apartments. Of that, 25 units will be designated as affordable for very low-income residents earning between 30-50% of the Area Median Income. Residential amenities will be included on the 12th floor, with 11,600 square feet of interiors connected to the open-air pool deck and landscaped area with seating and planters.
The 46-story tower will yield around 992,660 square feet with 452,700 square feet for housing, 293,980 square feet for parking, 31,180 square feet for common space, and 9,380 square feet for retail. Unit sizes will vary with 140 studios, 292 one-bedrooms, 156 two-bedrooms, and eight penthouse units spanning between 1,450 to 1,577 square feet each.
Though no vehicular parking is required, parking will be included for 734 cars across a twelve-story garage podium facing 21st Street. The auto-oriented portion will be visually distinct for the pedestrian. The exact quantity for bicycle parking is not specified, though cyclists will find parking in the 12-story garage with 500-660 square-foot bike parking rooms on each level and a 3,300 square-foot room in the basement.
Solomon Cordwell Buenz is the project architect. The firm has had a significant influence on the Oakland skyline, having designed Atlas, the current second-tallest building in Oakland, 1900 Broadway, which is expected to top out as the third-tallest building, and 17th and Broadway, currently the city’s fourth-tallest tower.
Planning documents show the exterior takes inspiration from the woven products designed by the Ohlone People, the indigenous people of the Bay Area. The woven type, as with the proposed tower, contrasts bold vertical columns with an alternating crosswise pattern. For Town Tower, this expression is achieved with the private balconies. The angular facade is also reminiscent of modern interpretations of the Bay Window vernacular, such as with 555 California Street and MIRA in San Francisco.
Some more renderings: