Remember the tallest building in Oakland? Well, it’s moving through the CEQA process right now, and will have its EIR scoping session at tonight’s Planning Commission meeting (PDF). This is where you go and tell them what issues you want studied in the Environmental Impact Report. If you can’t make it to the meeting, you have until November 17 to submit comments in writing.
In case you missed it the first time around, here’s a brief project description from the staff report (PDF):
The project proposes the demolition of the Encinal Broadway building, the colonnade and the surface parking lot and construction of a 56-story high-rise building (715′). The Tapscott Building would be rehabilitated as part of the proposed project. The high-rise tower combined with the refurbished Tapscott Building would have approximately 1.57 million gross sq. ft. (gsf) of space including 829,500 gsf of office space, 384 spaces, 220 residential units on the upper floors covering approximately 350,600 gsf, and about 85,200 gsf of retail space.
The high-rise tower would have an overall contemporary appearance and resemble a helical stair case stepping back from a broad base up to the slim residential tower above the 33rd floor. The building would have a dual structural system consisting of an interior core combined with an exterior painted or stainless steel frame. This structual design would make the building particularly resistant to earthquake loads. The building would be sheathed primarily in glass separated by metal spandrel panels. These panels may also be covered with photovoltaic cells to help provide electric power for the building.
The ground floor level of the high-rise tower would include an atrium, the office lobby, an auditorium, approximately 2,600 gsf of retail space, the residential lobby, management office, kitchen support, and additional MEP space. The ground floor plan also shows an escalator from the building’s proposed BART station entrance and a through passage allowing pedestrian traffic between Broadway and Franklin Street.
The existing Tapscott Building would be renovated for retail purposes (approximately 14,400 gsf) that would be accessed from Broadway and 19th Street. Levels 2 through 5 of the tower would contain 206 parking spaces and MEP spaces. The 6th level of the building above grade would contain a health club type facility or a conference center for the building tenants. Levels 7 through 31 would comprise the office portion of the tower. An amenity space would be provided at the 32nd level which would include a lap pool, community room, an exercise room, and access to additional outdoor space for the residents. Residential units would be located above the ofice levels from the 34th to the 55th level of the tower, with 10 units per level, each with its own outdoor terrace. The 56th floor would contain mechanical systems.
Renderings and site plans here (PDF).
So there you go. Personally, I’m very concerned about the dental services provider in the existing building that will be torn down for this project, and would like to see the EIR investigate the impact the losing of Gold Teeth Master on community health. Between that and Mr. Bling closing shop last year, where are DTO residents expected to go for grill care?