Oakland: MacArthur BART Station Affordable Housing Project Construction Update

What was a huge parking lot for many years is slowly but surely turning into a more livable space thanks to the MacArthur Station transit oriented development. The first phase of the project consisted of a new parking structure which opened last fall. The second phase of the project, 90 affordable housing units, is currently under construction and, as you can see in the picture above, looks like it may very well open in the next 6 months or so. Also underway is construction on a new street that will bisect the development. Future phases will include primarily market rate housing with some room for retail/restaurants as well. Though the development's website is currently down, make sure to bookmark Bridge Housing's site for the project for future updates on the affordable housing units. 
While it is nice to see any surface parking lot disappear, it is developments like this that are especially exciting because they not only provide much needed transit accessible housing but also link existing neighborhoods more seamlessly to BART stations. So often, BART stations feel completely segregated from surrounding neighborhoods because a sea of parking creates a barrier for everyone except those who drive there. Here's hoping one days soon BART will embrace similar developments near Ashby, West Oakland, and even more low-rise stations like El Cerrito Plaza.

A rendering of the affordable housing component of the development. Rendering: Bridge Housing
An overview of the entire MacArthur Station development. Rendering: Bridge Housing
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