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Mega downtown Oakland office tower plan hops ahead

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OAKLAND — A proposal to build a stunning office highrise that would be Oakland’s tallest tower — and the tallest Bay Area skyscraper outside of San Francisco — has hopped a giant step ahead in the city approval process.

The Oakland Planning Commission has voted 5-0, with one abstention, to approve an office tower that would be 622 feet high — 200 feet taller than what is currently Oakland’s tallest highrise, the Ordway Building.

“It is a beautiful-looking building,” Oakland Planning Commissioner Sahar Shirazi said prior to the panel’s vote. “Yes, it’s tall. But it looks great.”

The 38-story office tower would be developed at 415 20th St. near the corner of Thomas L. Berkley Way and Franklin Street. The tower would include 862,000 square feet of office space.

Elevated view at night of 415 20th St. in downtown Oakland, an office tower that would be the tallest highrise in the East Bay city, concept. San Francisco is in the…

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