0 Boundary Street/Yarrow Way

Developer: Thomas Liang

Project Summary: Owner of the vacant lot at the corner of Boundary Street and Yarrow Way is proposing a town home development of five or six units - see below for the site plan options. The developer will present these proposals at the Oakland-Wide Community Meeting on May 29.

In 2017, the owner proposed to build around eight units on the lot, which was met with community opposition because it did not comply with zoning. OPDC encouraged the owner to postpone their ZBA hearing at the time. Oakwatch and nearby residents have been vigilant about code enforcement concerns related to overgrowth and a failing retaining wall. These concerns have been before various court hearings.

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"Murland One" - 3420-3422 Forbes Avenue

Developer: Murland Associates, LLP

Project Summary: New construction of an eight-story office building at the corner of Forbes Ave and Coltart Ave. University of Pittsburgh will occupy the top four floors and CVS will occupy the bottom floor as retail space. OPDC hosted community meetings.

As construction nears completion, the two furthest outside lanes of Forbes Ave will close until June 8, 2019 (weather depending) to allow for exterior work. The two middle lanes will be open to traffic. Pedestrian traffic remains on the south side of Forbes. A hard-barrier, covered walkway will be set up to protect pedestrians from traffic and site work between the Pitt Safety building and Coltart Street. See lane closures highlighted in yellow here

3247 Ward Street

Developer: OPA-HI Development LLC

Project Summary: The owner of the vacant lot at 3247 Ward St originally proposed splitting the property into two parcels and building a single family house facing Ward and a duplex facing Hardie Way. The project was granted a continuance at the December 13 Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing due to a lack of community process. After hearing concerns from residents, the developers are now proposing to split the lot and build two single family homes; one facing Ward St and one facing Hardie Way.

The project has since been revised so that both dwellings have a front entrance on Ward St. The developers requested side setbacks at a ZBA hearing on May 16, 2019 (see page 9 of the agenda).

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Walnut on Fifth - 3342 Fifth Ave

Developer: Walnut Capital

Project summary: Developer plans to build a 10-story office building geared toward technical, medical, and research companies. The use of the building is in compliance with zoning code, but the developers went in front of the Zoning Board for height, FAR, and parking. Walnut Capital presented their preliminary plans at a public meeting on January 23, 2019 and hosted a follow-up meeting on February 25, 2019. The project was heard at the ZBA hearing on March 14, 2019. OPDC executed a community benefits agreement with Walnut Capital that addresses 1) transportation demand management strategies, 2) community oriented retail space, and 3) investment in Oakland Community Land Trust.

The ZBA approved Walnut Capital’s request for a new 10-story office building with ground level retail and 100 accessory parking spaces on May 9, 2019 (see decision below).

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3440 Forbes Ave

Developer: Wexford Science + Technology

Project summary: Proposed new construction for commercial development. Reviewed at the March 27, 2019 Oakland-Wide Community Meeting. Developer is returning to the Oakland-Wide Community Meeting on May 29, 2019 to present updates.

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Scaife Hall Addition - 3550 Terrace Street

Developer: University of Pittsburgh

Project Summary: Pitt plans to tear down the auditorium portion of the structure that sits at Lothrop and Terrace and rebuild a 110,000 gsf addition. The proposal also includes the renovation of the existing structure to add more academic and lab space. Pitt solicited community feedback on this project in conjunction with their meeting for the IMP on February 11, 2019. This project is on the agenda for the Oakland-Wide Community Meeting on May 29.

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Parcel 3 - Technology Drive

Developer: Elmhurst Group

Project summary: In November 2017, Elhurst Group began drafting a proposal to the URA for a tech research/light manufacturing development. In Spring of 2018, they entered into an exclusive negotiation for the site. They reached out to the community to collect feedback. In Fall 2018, the developers submitted finalized plans to the URA and the Department of City Planning.

A few minor architectural updates have since been made to the proposal. Elmurst Group presented at Planning Commission for approval on May 7. The two-building, 156,000 square foot project will contain tech-flex commercial space. See below for the most recent presentation on building materials and space composition.

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Scaife Hall - 4805 Frew St

Developer: Carnegie Mellon University

Project summary: CMU has amended their IMP to include tearing down Scaife Hall and building a five story structure at the same location. The project will invlove rezoning a small strip of land from 'park' to 'EMI'. There is no timeline yet for when CMU will go to Planning Commission, nor when this project will be completed. CMU presented proposed amendments to their Institutional Master Plan, as well as spoke to plans for Scaife Hall at an Oakland-Wide Community Meeting on April 23.

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Carlow University Fifth Avenue Site

Developer: The Elmhurst Group

Project summary: Carlow University and the Elmhurst Group have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop university-owned property along Fifth Avenue in Oakland.  The project site is located west of the university’s driveway on Fifth Avenue and opposite the intersection between Fifth and Craft Avenues.  The university will share space in the future building, which is projected to be approximately 225,000 square feet. This project will be included in Carlow University’s Institutional Master Plan.

Point Park Playhouse - 222 Craft Ave.

Developer: Point Park University

Project summary: A fence is currently up around the property for asbestos abatement. Point Park has applied for a demolition permit. Reviewed at the March 27, 2019 Oakland-Wide Community Meeting. The project was up for hearing and action at the May 21 Planning Commission agenda. If the project moves forward, Point Park expects to start demolition in early June. The entire demo will take 60-90 days and may cause the temporary closure of sidewalks and streets bordering the site. After the demo, the site will be graded to ensure proper drainage and storm water management.

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4255 Parkman Avenue

Developer: Homeowner

Project summary: Homeowners of this Schenley Farms Historic District home are seeking a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace windows. Reviewed at the March 27, 2019 Oakland Design Development Review meeting - click here to leave feedback. This project is the 22nd agenda item on the June 5, 2019 Historic Review Commission hearing - hearing and action begins at 1:00 p.m.

UPMC Heart and Transplant Hospital - De Soto and Fifth Avenue

Developer: UPMC

Project Summary: UPMC plans on building a new heart and transplant hospital on the field in front of Presbyterian Hostpital on Fifth Avenue. The 18-story, 900,000 sq ft. building will have 620 private rooms for patients. UPMC hosted two community meetings in late 2018 to answer resident questions and discuss how the development plans could include some community benefits. This hospital is consistent with the UPMC institutional master plan (IMP), which was approved by the city in late 2014. This development requires City Planning Commission approval, but does not need to go in front of the City Council as it is in their IMP. As of early March, UPMC is putting this project on pause and plans to re-engage the community with public meetings in the final quarter of 2019. OPDC will reach out to residents when these meetings have been scheduled.

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Pedestrian Fence on Forbes Ave between Bouquet St and Bigelow Blvd

Developer: University of Pittsburgh

Project Summary: University of Pittsburgh is planning to erect a fence along Forbes Avenue between Bouquet Street and Bigelow Boulevard. The fence, along the right side of Forbes, is intended to deter pedestrians from crossing Forbes. The fence will not block the bus stops at Bouquet or Bigelow and will allow space for two buses to queue up. Pitt will install a temporary fence when they put up the new light for the mid-block crossing in front of David Lawrence Hall, to be followed by the permanent installation. Pitt presented their plans to the art commission on 2/27.

Jewish Federation site - 234 McKee Place

Developer: Walnut Capital

Project summary: The developer demolished the house at 242 McKee Pl. next to the Jewish Federation building. This involved taking the building down to grade and filling it in with gravel to provide more parking on the site. Prior to the demolition, Construction Junction removed any items that could be salvaged. Norelco completed the the demolition. The developer plans to eventually demolish the existing Jewish Federation building, but understanding that there are significant zoning issues and the process would benefit from additional planning, Walnut Capital will continue to lease the main building as an interim use. This will allow more time to collaborate with OPDC on planning and community process about the site overall.

Wakefield Street

Developer: Medco

Project Summary: Developer proposes to build seven, market-rate, owner-occupied town homes on Wakefield Street. The ZBA hearing took place on November 29th and the project was approved by the zoning board on Jan 24th. OPDC will continue to work with the developers to discuss a potential contribution to affordable housing in Oakland through the Community Land Trust and further community meetings with the South Oakland Neighborhood Group (SONG).

424 Gold Way

Project Summary: Developer plans to renovate the interior of the building, adding ten residential units to the existing two and converting the ground floor into a gym and the first floor into a play area. There will be no construction outside the existing shell of the building, and the only exterior renovations will be replacing the windows throughout and adding two new storefront entrances at the rear.

TCS Hall - 4900 Forbes Ave (Before Tepper Building)

Developer: CMU

Project Summary: The TCS building is billed as the new entrance to CMU's campus and will consist of a mix of office and academic space. The building will be occupied by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and CMU's school of Computer science. CMU presented their plans for the project to BACA and OTF and plan to open the building in spring of 2020. The construction for the new TCS Hall is underway.