North City Center Parking Structure
This new parking and retail structure in Oakland's Downtown Civic
Center area at 17th and San Pablo will park 525 cars on seven levels
with approximately 6,000 SF of retail space at street level. The
project provides much needed parking for this area of the Downtown Civic
Center core. The City of Oakland retained Aegis Realty Partners to act
as developer/project manager to deliver a "turnkey project." KTA is an
integral part of this effort.
The design of the proposed structure
maintains a relationship to the adjacent Civic Center as well as the
historic buildings in the area. The corner tower is seen from key
points in the surrounding area and will act as a gateway to Oakland.
The design of the structure is modern while recalling the massing,
detailing, and texture of both the Beaux Art and Art Deco buildings in
the area. The vertical emphasis is achieved by bay spacing narrower
than usual for parking structures. This is a key element in both the
proportion and scale of the building as it counters the negative
expectation of the public towards parking "garages."
The parking and retail structure will be both a prominent landmark and a supporting
player in Oakland's Downtown and will promote Oakland's role as a
dynamic economic center for the region.
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