Oakland City Council Approves Measures Allowing Planned 170,765 SQFT CWS Facility on Former Oakland Army Base to Move Forward

CWS, Oakland, Oakland Army Base, 2308 Wake Avenue, RPR Architects, JR Miller & Associates
Courtesy of City of Oakland

By Meghan Hall

A City Oakland initiative to move California Waste Solutions Inc. from its West Oakland home is well underway. At the end of July, the Oakland City Council approved a number of measures that will formalize its agreement with California Waste Solutions, allowing the latter to develop a 170,765 square foot recycling facility on 14 acres within the Former Oakland Army Base.

The project will be located at 2308 Wake Ave. The parcel is located at the North Gateway portion of the Oakland Army Base Redevelopment Plan Area (OARB). The project will be situated to the west and surrounded by ample parking area to accommodate heavy truck usage. The two-story recycling facility will also include 6,000 square feet of administrative office space, as well as 1,600 square of educational and observation areas, which will be used for tours of the new facility.

Once completed, the new facility will be able to receive, process and transfer up to 850 tons of waste per day of both residential and commercial material. The project will include a bale storage area, shipping area, staff areas, as well as a truck maintenance area and fueling compressor. The site will also house parking for personnel and collection trucks, scale and a scale house.

RPR Architects is listed as the owner consultant for the project, while J.R. Miller & Associates, Inc. is listed as the project’s architect.

CWS is currently based in Oakland at two facilities: 3300 Wood Street and 1820 10th Street. CWS hopes that relocating to a new facility will minimize the impact of truck operations in West Oakland, which has been “disproportionately impacted by the degradation of air quality caused by diesel truck emissions and truck activity,” the City of Oakland’s website states. 

Once completed, the new facility will be able to receive, process and transfer up to 850 tons of waste per day of both residential and commercial material. CWS’s two existing facilities would then be closed.

At the meeting, the City approved several measures. First, it authorized officials to execute a Lease and Disposition Development Agreement with CWS. The term of the agreement is 7 years with a conveyance price of $8.268 million, along with various extension fees. The City Council also authorized the City to execute a 99-year lease over adjacent property. The agreements will allow CWS to purchase 12.02 acres from the City and lease the remaining 2.36 acres in order to move forward with development.

In addition, the City waived The Local and Small Businesses Enterprise Program and applied The Construction Jobs Policy And Operation Jobs Policy, which is also applicable to other projects at the former Oakland Army base. Finally, the City Council adopted the project’s environmental review findings.

The City has been planning for a recycling center at the Oakland Army Base for nearly a decade. In 2012, the City passed an addendum to an existing 2002 Environmental Impact Report, which sought to reserve 27.3 acres north of West Grand Avenue for up to 379,610 square feet of indoor recycling facilities. In the future, another 206,000 square foot recycling facility could also be constructed on the remaining acreage, based on City documents. Construction can begin on the CWS facility in the coming months once entitlements are finalized.

As of this writing, CWS had not yet returned The Registry’s request for comment.

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