By Meghan Hall
Dubbed one of the nation’s hottest neighborhoods in 2017 by real estate brokerage and analytics firm Redfin, Oakland’s Bushrod neighborhood has seen a great deal of growth over the course of the last decade, and housing prices across North Oakland have grown exponentially as tech workers and their families have moved into the area. With the demand for housing high, new mixed-use projects such as one located at 6501 Shattuck Avenue are beginning to make their way into the neighborhood.
The 0.19-acre parcel was purchased in March of 2009 by Pinole, Calif.-based Bruder LLC — long before Redfin listed Bushrod as number one in its 2017 Hottest Neighborhoods report. The neighborhood was Oakland’s first to named to the list, which measures a neighborhood’s housing demand as well as its proximity to shopping, dining and transportation options. According to Redfin’s site, soaring demand in the Bushrod neighborhood was enough to land it at the top of the list.
The project site was once occupied by a gas station before October 2009. Clean-up of the site after removal of several underground storage tanks was completed in 2014, and the site became eligible for residential and commercial uses. According to City documents, the project fulfills goals outlined in Oakland’s General Plan, which strives to create and enhance pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use neighborhood centers throughout the city.
The development would demolish the existing 800 square foot brick structure, which was previously used by the East Bay Smog Service Center, and construct 18 residential units and 1,975 square feet of ground floor commercial storefronts along Shattuck Avenue. The plans currently allot for six junior one-bedroom, six one-bedroom and six two-bedroom units. The entire four story building would total 17,480 square feet and have 18 parking stalls.
The residential units would be on the second through fourth floors, and a private residential courtyard, as well as a 682 square-foot communal rooftop are included in the plans. The City anticipates that the commercial space on the ground floor would be used for small restaurants or cafés.
6501 Shattuck sits squarely in the middle of the neighborhood, in between State Route 13 and State Route 24, and the Ashby BART Station is roughly a seven minute walk away. The surrounding neighborhood is largely residential, with single family homes the primary type of residence. There are several mixed-use buildings surrounding the site, most of them between one and three stories tall. Along Shattuck Avenue itself there are several multi-family developments with several units. Nomad Café, Jump’n Java Coffeehouse and the La Pena Cultural Center are all also located along Shattuck within walking distance.
The proposed exterior of the project — designed by Oakland-based Dinar and Associates — would be modern, with metal and glass finishes; the fourth floor of the building would be set back while a continuous metal canopy would project out over the sidewalk and include signage for the commercial tenants.
According to Oakland City Planner Michael Bradley, the project is currently under review by Bureau of Planning. The project still needs to go through the regular design review and building permitting process. Bradley did not give an exact timeline for the completion of the approvals process. However, construction is expected to begin in January 2019 and be completed in one continuous phase. The anticipated delivery for the project is December 2019.
As of this writing, Bruder LLC had not yet returned The Registry’s request for comment.