OAKLAND — Time could run out for two century-old houses just off Auto Row between Broadway and the million-dollar homes along Glen Echo Creek if someone does not quickly come along with a dollar to spare and a way to clear them off their foundations.
For a buck, you can have either 3007 Brook St., a three-bedroom, two-story Craftsman house built in the early 1900s, or 3009 Brook, a four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath, three-story Victorian from the 1880s.
“It seemed to be in really good condition and to have been kept up,” said Betty Marvin of the city’s planning department, who toured the 3009 Brook property.
Here’s the rub: A potential buyer has to convince owner Lowe Enterprises there’s a viable plan to get those houses off the property, and soon.
Lowe is hoping to break ground in June on a seven-story building with 127 market-rate apartments above 7,500 square feet of retail space. It will be behind the 3000 Broadway brick and plaster facade of an auto showroom that once occupied the building, all that’ll be left of the residential wood and brick light-industrial buildings that now occupy the block.
The $40 million construction project has cleared the Planning Commission and City Council, with only building permits pending.
The city general plan’s historic and preservation element requires a developer to offer the public a chance to preserve older houses before demolition permits are issued.
So Lowe is listening to pitches from anyone who has a dollar for either of the Brook houses and a plan for…
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