OAKLAND — An Oakland City Council member has raised concerns about the potential development of a Home Depot store on a prime site in the East Bay city.
The store would rise on what is currently a vacant lot at the corner of Broadway and Pleasant Valley Avenue, according to a very preliminary concept on file with Oakland city planners. The site sits in a section of northern Oakland that currently lacks big hardware retailers.
Oakland City Councilmember Dan Kalb, whose district includes the site for the proposed Home Depot, expressed reservations about the potential big-box store proposal.
“A Home Depot is not the best concept at this location,” Kalb said. “A lengthy review process is needed if this is something that is being seriously considered here.”
The Home Depot store could be developed on a roughly 4-acre portion of a 15-acre site at 5050 Broadway in Oakland.
The preliminary filing is being floated at City Hall as a way to gauge the reaction of Oakland officials regarding a Home Depot and parking structure at that site.
The project developer hopes to gain feedback from the city about this sort of development on the property.
“I would like to see a retail and housing combination on the site,” Kalb said. “A well-designed retail and housing development makes sense here.”
The two nearest Home Depot stores are in Emeryville, 1.7 miles away; and in eastern Oakland on Alameda Avenue, 4.7 miles away, according to the retailer’s website.
The nearest Lowe’s hardware stores are 10.4 miles away in San Francisco and at East Bay sites in Concord and Union City that are even more distant, the Lowe’s site shows.
A few ACE Hardware stores, two in Oakland and one in Piedmont, are about a mile away. ACE Hardware stores, however, are far smaller than Home Depot and Lowe’s.
The proposed Home Depot in north Oakland would be developed along with a new parking structure. That’s an approach that contrasts with typical Home Depot stores, which are often adjacent to huge surface parking lots.
The development site is part of The Ridge shopping center.
Mixed-use projects, including the development of a combination of homes and retail, can require considerable fine-tuning to ensure they are financially viable.
Representatives of the developers of the proposed Home Depot project referred inquiries to the Atlanta-based retailer. A comment from Home Depot was requested twice this week.
“The city would look very favorably on housing and retail at that site,” Kalb said.