A developer has big plans for Oakland’s Bates Street corridor, but will zoning laws and residents permit it?
It all started as a plan to build an apartment complex. In 2014, a development group spent $2.6 million to buy up a strip of homes in Oakland, knock them down and put up a high-rise. Now, the group has bigger ambitions to build a combination of a hotel and apartments, the second largest parking garage in the state, an office building, new highway exits and a wider main road. It’s estimated to cost $650 million. Who is building it and what could implementing a project of such scale mean for Oakland?