The Oak Knoll Naval Hospital’s carcass will be demolished this Friday, sometime between 10:00 am and noon. There’s been an awful, silent and ignored hulk shadowing the Oakland Hills for 15 years. Good riddance, we say.
According to the Oak Knoll Coalition, a group of neighbors, the main hospital will be exploded this week. They reported that developer SunCal will raze all the remaining masonry buildings by year-end. However Club Knoll, a relic of the country club which preceded the hospital, will be saved for later refurbishment.
Over the past few years, there have been several visitors to this supposedly off-limit place. Check out the fascinating coverage (part 1, part 2), images and videos which document the derelict hospital compound — and also honor what once took place on the hill.
The hospital base was opened from 1942-1996, which means the East Bay’s filled with former workers, their families, patients and even those born there. Please visit the Facebook petition underway to create a fitting memorial on the hillside. It’s a nice idea, we think.
So what’s next? After the demolitions, we wait for new homes and a little open space. Presumably housing developers will get capitalized again, whether it’s SunCal or someone else — though nothing is truly known or scheduled at this point.
Update: Courtesy of The Bay Citizen, here’s a video showing the hospital implosion.