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Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

Also, Trying to "jam" them into the bottom quarter? Would they have more space if they were "jammed" in the top quarter? The units have the same amount of space no matter where they are in the building, quit trying to imply that the affordable units are somehow substandard or smaller because of the location within the building. Affordability is a premium, views are premium. Whether you like it or not, more expensive units are subsidizing the affordable ones, the way it should be.

Could have easily been the headline, "Developer insists affordable units having most convenient access to BART"

Posted by Clarence C. Johnson on 03/06/2017 at 10:04 PM

Closed down. Couldn't find the place

Posted by Amber Emily Chen on 03/06/2017 at 9:46 PM

Re: “'Sanctuary State' Bill Moves Forward in California Senate

So all those that support what de Leon is advocating is willing to take the chance that your sisters, daughters, mothers, and/or grandmothers could possibly fall victim to these felons once released from prison to rape or be molested? Our communities are suffering enough with legal citizens committing terrible crimes onto our communities. Do you really think these felons are worth it? If any American were to do such a thing outside our country he or she would rot in prison.

Posted by Teresa Hinojosa on 03/06/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

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Posted by Michelle Toney on 03/06/2017 at 8:03 PM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT, NUMBER ONE BEST HOSPITAL IN THE NATION, THE MAYO CLINIC whatever health legislation that came with the outgoing administration or barack obama administration, get rid of it, please. period. end of issue. plain and simple, whatever good this legislation had, upgrade it and keep going in a better direction for health. thank you. health can be such an intimate topic, please have some respect. thank you, i prefer the word, service to the word, care. thanks,

Posted by Estella Davis on 03/06/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

Victoria: the Planning Commission recently shared that they have approved over 15,000 residential units and yet less then 5% have actually come online.

In fact there are two projects approved and spec'd that are across the street from this project that are just that - approved, unbuilt, and now back up for sale builds.

Heck, THIS PROJECT has been approved since 2008 and McGrath has said numerous times he could've built the originally built project countless times in the years since it's been approved - he just didn't.

Pointing to the amount of time it takes a project to get approved as a means to demonstrate how woefully behind in building we are is shortsighted and wrongheaded.

Posted by Brandie Albright on 03/06/2017 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

Victoria,

By the Planning Commissions' own acknowledgement they have approved over 15,000 units and less than 5% of those approved projects have come online.

Saying that the number of units being built has a direct correlation to the number/time it takes them to get approved is incorrect.

Posted by Brandie Albright on 03/06/2017 at 5:29 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

Darwin: I appreciate and respect the response! I see now in the agenda for tomorrows city council meeting the Proposed Additions to the DA.

I do think its worth noting that the developer has already agreed to contribute $250,000 to be distributed throughout the community pursuant further negotiations. The developer has also included a $95,000 contribution to the Temescal-Telegraph Business Improvement District for improved lighting along telegraph.

Its also noteworthy that although you characterize the affordable aspect of the project as small, the 45 affordable units total more than $15,000,000 worth of affordable housing.

Posted by David Long on 03/06/2017 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

The developer has already agreed to putting the units throughout the building. If they weren't, Kalb wouldn't be proposing making a modification to the development agreement to that effect.

But more importantly, just think of how many more homes we'd have if projects didn't take a year to get approval like this.

Posted by Victoria Fierce on 03/06/2017 at 3:53 PM

Re: “A Black-Owned, Woman-Owned Craft Bottle Shop Is Coming to Uptown Oakland

Just what we need... More booze

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Re: “Dan Savage: Should You Tell Him or Her That You're Cheating? Or Keep it Secret?

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Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

The concessions by the developer seem absolutely miniscule considering the value of the housing he will be allowed to build. I live 3 blocks away and dread seeing a 25 story eyesore plunked down in our neighborhood of 2 and OCCASIONALLY 3 story buildings. I guess nothing talks like money talks. The worst thing about bad architecture is it ends up being around forever. Oakland planning really took a dump with this one!

Posted by jeff kao on 03/06/2017 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

David Long: the developer hasn't offered any of the listed community benefits in this article. Rather, the developer agreed to a small percentage of affordable units and a project labor agreement in 2008.

Almost everything else has been requested by neighbors, the planning commission, city staff, and Councilmember Kalb.

Posted by Darwin BondGraham on 03/06/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Town Business: Developer Wants to Stick MacArthur BART Tower's Affordable Units Entirely in Bottom Quarter of Building

The title of this article is very misleading. Most of the body is dedicated to the very substantial community benefits package the developer has offered, not the seemingly minor controversy over where in the building affordable units are placed.

Posted by David Long on 03/06/2017 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Alameda County Officials Say Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Be ‘Devastating’

If the Express is going to continue to commission and print articles by authors who are not identified in its masthead, don't we deserve to know who those writers are? I see that Alice Feller is an MD and psychiatrist practicing in Berkeley. This is really useful information to have in appreciating her reports on the state of healthcare.

Likewise, who are Matt Davis and Teresa Foglia, who often write for the Express on urban issues? They too aren't in your staff list.

Using freelancers is fine. Not identifying their expertise and affiliations is a disservice to both them and your readers.

Posted by travel2165 on 03/05/2017 at 2:11 PM

Re: “Letters for the Week of March 1

What should be recalled about Biffs was its Colossus of Rhodes goofy sign. That was worth preserving, but it was the first thing to go. The other iconic beacon, also on Broadway, was the sign for Daves Coffee Shop. That too just seemed to disappear overnight. Not so strange is the fact that it was purchased by the Los Angeles Museum of Modern Art. Both signs had a friendly, folksy zing to them. The friendly, folksy zing seems to be an element in short supply.

Nick Chase, Oakland

Posted by Nick Chase on 03/05/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “The Bay Is Brutal: A Love Letter To Concrete and Brutalism in the Bay Area

It's Seventh Street in West Oakland, not Seventh Avenue. Liked the article!

Posted by Katie Hart on 03/05/2017 at 6:11 AM

Re: “ACLU of Northern California Asks Immigration Courts to Immediately Provide Media Access on Behalf of Express

Glad to see EBX and the ACLU stepping up as they have. Would love to see a lawsuit against the security company and its officers and employees for harassment. Any updates?

Posted by Matthew Elvey on 03/04/2017 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Bike for Tibet: Climate Change at the Roof of the World

This event has been cancelled for today. We will post the rescheduled event when a date is set.

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