Chris K. 
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Re: “Letters for September 10

UPDATE ON 14TH AND JACKSON IN THE LAKESIDE APARTMENTS DISTRICT...Just this week (hmmm) the white plastic wrapper is finally gone from the South and East sides of the building! I hear the current owners have revised plans for the ground floor to include an additional retail/restuarant space at the corner. I also hear an independent local merchant has signed a lease for a cafe in this space. We'll believe it when we see it, but we do have a dearth of restaurants open for walk-in service into the evening here in the neighborhood.

Posted by Chris K. on 09/12/2008 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Another Bad Deal

ACROSS TOWN AT 14TH AND JACKSON...sits "Trojan Tower" a shrink-wrapped, unfinished mixed use residential building that Curtis Eisenberger and his company, Maripisosa Management/Mariposa Properties broke ground on...five years ago this month. Apparently, somebody cut corners with workmanship; the building failed some inspections and was ineligible for a Certificate of Occupancy. The building was sold during Eisenberger's bankruptcy and is still under construction, shrink-wrapped in soot-covered, white plastic. Because this building has high visibililty on a prominent street corner in the Central Business District, near BART, it arguably serves as a 'scarecrow' chasing away meaningful economic investment from the neighborhood and Oakland generally. To say the least, I would like to be educated if Eisenberger has an inspiring track record elsewhere, but in my opinion this proposed West Oakland deal deserves strong public scrutiny.

Posted by Chris K. on 08/21/2008 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Friends in High Places

The very same things that make this parcel valuable to the developers (that it is four blocks from the 19 Street BART station, upcoming Bus Rapid Transit-B.R.T., and 1/2 block from the Lake, and separated bikeway) also make it valuable to the city as a transit oriented park.

As the citizens of a progressive and forward thinking city, we need to consider our transit modes in the future: many more of us will be taking BART/BRT, and riding bicycles. There will also be more residents in downtown nearby. Thus we need to enhance and acquire existing green spaces for park use, such as the Schilling Gardens parcel, that are near transit.

The Schilling Gardens could be an attractive and valuable park and a piece of the economic development puzzle, considering this park is proximate to downtown office buildings. Organizations and companies wishing to locate in downtown Oakland will enjoy having a beautiful space nearby to host banquets, meetings, and other functions.

As a city we must find the will and the way to acquire this parcel with Redevelopment or General Fund money, bond money, and/or philanthropic funds. It would be a mistake to destroy a historic, existing green space for a project that doesn't even have 'affordable' inclusionary housing units.

-Chris K.

Posted by Chris K. on 12/12/2007 at 4:36 PM

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