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New Downtown Auckland Housing Tower can produce hundreds of homes.

Bird’s eye view of a 22-story, 207-unit residential tower, with the adjoining commercial and retail building at 1261 Harrison St. in Oakland. // Heller Manus Architects.

AUCKLAND – The city of Auckland is looking at a new housing height, a project that could reach hundreds of homes in the East Bay’s largest city.

The project is being planned at the city’s 1261 Harrison St. in Auckland, according to documents filed with City Planners.

According to the proposal, the housing tower will be 22 storeys high. The development will include 207 housing units.

Currently, the site consists of a one-story commercial building with several small tenants, according to a Google Maps review.

22-story, 207-unit residential tower, with the adjoining commercial and retail building at 1261 Harrison St. // Heller Manus Architects.

The project was proposed by the Pinnacle RED Group, a development company based in San Jose, according to city records. The site is owned by HC Harrison, which has business relationships with Panakel Red, Hangshan Corporation and Solia Development, showing business records.

The developers plan to renovate the existing building on site so that retail units can be offered on the ground floor of the project.

If built, the project could also be used to activate an alleyway by adding a space for outdoor dining, drinking and gatherings.

In 2017, Pinnacle RED proposed a 36-story tower on site, which would include homes, offices and retail. If it had been built, it would have been the tallest building in Auckland at the time.

But in 2019, Pinkle decided to scrap the proposal and the plan never received a vote from the City Planning Commission. The developer returned to the drawing board.

The new plan could include 125 one-bedroom units, 72 two-bedroom domiciles and 10 three-bedroom units.

1261 Street view of a residential tower in Harrison St. and the adjoining commercial and retail building, in Auckland. // Heller Manus Architects.

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