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OAKLAND, CA-Aegis Realty Partners is nearing the end of its $8-million renovation of the former Pacific Gas and Electric building here at 17th and Clay streets. The owner, developer and commercial brokerage company acquired the 40,000-sf, eight-story steel frame structure in 1996.

The building’s leasable square footage has already been locked down. Turner Construction has moved into 17,000-sf on the first four floors, Ketchum Inc. has leased another 10,500 sf and Berkeley’s Tom Sawyer Software is taking 8,000 sf.

The Renaissance-style brick and terra cotta landmark is notable for its three-part vertical composition. The building was designed by architect Charles W. Dickey, the same man who designed the Claremont Hotel, University High School and the former Kahns’ department store. The eighth floor once consisted of an assembly hall complete with a stage, a library, kitchen and rooftop lounge. PG&E occupied the building until 1977.

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