Development of red-tagged West Oakland warehouse moves forward

A San Francisco developer’s plans to develop a blighted warehouse in West Oakland into 102 live/work units are moving forward, with the goal of offering most of the previous tenants a place to live in the new building.

The project at 1919 Market Street has been through many hurdles since developer oWow, run by Danny Haber, purchased it in June 2016; it’s slated to finish construction in 2018. Before the purchase, it was red-tagged by the city, causing the previous tenants to be displaced. Haber later had it partially demolished.

The warehouse has been a point of controversy for years — both before Haber bought it and afterward. Before Haber came in, the warehouse was pervaded with code violations. Haber said his team attempted to work with the city to fix the problems over time and keep the tenants living there, but city inspectors deemed the building uninhabitable and red-tagged it.

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