First look: Oakland project from Texas developer would add 225 units in Auto Row

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First look: Oakland project from Texas developer would add 225 units in Auto Row
Feb 19, 2016, 2:42pm PST Updated Feb 19, 2016, 2:50pm PST
INDUSTRIES & TAGS Commercial Real Estate, Residential Real Estate, Construction, East Bay

Roland Li, Reporter
San Francisco Business Times
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The Hanover Company is moving forward with a new 225-unit residential building in Oakland’s hot Broadway-Valdez area, even as opponents continue to fight another project by the same developer across the street.

Oakland’s planning department will hold public hearings in the coming months on the Hanover Co.’s proposed seven-story project at 2400 Valdez St. The Houston, Texas-based developer also plans 23,000 square feet of retail, which is consistent with the city’s push for more shopping destinations in the area, which has historically been an Auto Row.

The project would replace a narrow parking lot that currently spans 24th to 27th streets. The site is just west of another large housing proposal on the same block by Holland Partner Group on what is currently an Acura dealership.
The developer didn’t immediately return requests for comment. TCA Architects is designing the project.

City planning staff stated in a report released this week that the project is a “well thought design concept” and released the project’s first renderings. But the staff had some design concerns regarding the project’s facade on 27th Street and recommended that the city planning’s Design Review Committee study the project further.

The Hanover Co. also received approval from the city’s planning commission in January for 256 units at 2630 Broadway, a site a block away from the proposal at 2400 Valdez St. But construction of the project would require demolition of the historic Biff’s coffee shop, which has been vacant for years and would require significant renovations. Local preservationists have filed an appeal against the approvals that will require the project to go to a vote by the city council, possibly in April.

Opponents argue that the Hanover Co. can save the historic building and build a taller tower that only occupies part of the parcel. “There is actually plenty of room for lots of housing on the property as well as great commercial space along Broadway and keeping Biff’s,” said Leal Charonnat, an architect and preservationist who is one of the opponents filing an appeal.
But the Hanover Co. has stated that repairing the historic building would be too expensive.

It’s the second time in the last month that opponents have filed appeals against newly approved projects. Last week, community groups and neighbors also appealed the approval of a 126-unit Oakland tower at 250 14th St. in part because they want the developer to pay for the replacement of a mural that would be blocked by construction of the project.

Roland Li covers real estate and economic development

Source: San Francisco Business Times

The Post News Group: Super Bold Panthers Fiftieth Anniversary of Super Bowl and the Black Panther Party

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By Kevin D Sawyer

San Quentin News Journalist

This week’s 50th Anniversary of the National Football League’s Super Bowl game pits the Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party.

These two historical celebrations boast leading persons whose names are similar. Cam Newton is the leader and quarterback of the North Carolina Panthers. Huey Newton is the co-founder, along with Bobby Seale, of the Black Panther Party, which was founded in 1966 in Oakland, California.

Perhaps no one has taken notice of the symbolic meaning of these two events. Fifty years ago the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, led by Newton, was originally named and organized to “combat police violence in Negro neighborhoods.”

Meanwhile, today the same issues exist as we view the recent demonstrations and outrage over police killings and lawlessness.

As the world focuses on the 50th Super Bowl game, they will see the Carolina Panthers, led by Cam Newton, who is a prime candidate to be named as the league’s most valuable player for his offensive and bold skills, also boasts a strong defense.

How ironic. While Huey Newton is no longer with us, there is a symbolic reference to his bold legacy and the Black Panthers. It is the Carolina Panthers’ Black quarterback Cam Newton who bears some resemblance to Huey. He is also bold in his style of play.

For many, Black History has come full circle in the last 50 years, from the 1965 Watts riots to the 1992 uprising in Los Angeles after the verdict of the Rodney King police beating trial, to the Ferguson, Missouri police killing of Michael Brown.

Seemingly, from Newton to Newton, not much has changed.

Perhaps the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl will not do anything to remedy any of the wrongs of the past and present, but while sitting in a prison cell at San Quentin State Prison, the image of Cam Newton coming to the Bay Area with his Carolina Panthers will give me more of a reason to reflect on the symbolism this game represents.

Editor’s note: Post Publisher Paul Cobb has visited the San Quentin Newspaper staff and he sponsors their membership in the Society of Professional Journalists. Many of their writings have appeared in the Post News Group’s publications. Cobb spoke with the inmates about Black History, the Civil Rights movement and how he had attended elementary school with Mr. Newton and attended Black History classes with Newton and Seale at the Afro-American Association.

Kevin Sawyer, born in 1963, began focusing on writing 19 years ago while awaiting trial in jail. Some of his writings have been published.

Prior to incarceration, he worked 14 years for several telecommunications corporations. He has a B.A. Degree in Mass Communications from Cal State Hayward. He also has a diploma as a paralegal assistant from Blackstone Career Institute. He is a certified electrician through the National Center for Construction Education and Research and an accomplished guitar and piano player.

Credit: The Post News Group

ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE: The Black Panther Party of Self Defense Turns 50

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October 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party(for Self Defense). History will surely recognize the Party as having organized the single greatest effort by Blacks in the United States for freedom.
Now, former members of the Black Panther Party have come together in Oakland, California, home base of the Party,as the host Committee for the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the founding of the Black Panther Party. We invite the whole world to Oakland on October 20,21,22,and 23,2016,to participate in reviewing the Party’s history and celebrating its significance toward answering the question Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,raised so long ago “Where do we go from here”
e-mail:committee@bpp50th.com

ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE: The Black Panther Party Turns 50

 

BPP50

October 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party(for Self Defense). History will surely recognize the Party as having organized the single greatest effort by Blacks in the United States for freedom.

Now, former members of the Black Panther Party will come together in Oakland, California, home base of the Party,as the host Committee for the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the founding of the Black Panther Party. We invite the whole world to Oakland on October 20,21,22,and 23,2016,to participate in reviewing the Party’s history and celebrating its significance toward answering the question Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.,raised so long ago “Where do we go from here”
e-mail:committee@bpp50th.com