Emeryville: 3706 San Pablo Affordable Housing

Rendering: EAH Housing
After receiving quite a bit of negative press because an Emeryville Housing Advisory and Appeals Board member jacked up the rent of the city's very own poet laureate (forcing her to leave the city), I am happy to report that plans for an affordable housing project on the Emeryville/Oakland border are in the works.

Nestled between the 580 overpass and the MacArthur Blvd freeway on-ramp, the project is partially located in the city of Oakland but Emeryville is in charge of all planning decisions. The proposed development comes from EAH, an non-profit housing developer, and would include 87 dwelling units as well as 6,900 square feet of ground floor retail space in a 5-story structure. 152 parking as well as 104 bicycle spaces would be provided for residents and visitors. All units will be "affordable" though exact income guidelines have not been announced yet.

It is very encouraging to see affordable housing go up in Emeryville because the city's housing stock is so new that it lacks the large supply of older, more affordable apartments that can be found in Berkeley and Oakland. Obviously, this will only be a drop in the bucket and will hardly solve the Bay Area's housing crisis but every little bit helps. I'm also hopeful that this project can help jumpstart more development in this neighborhood. Though the area is near several freeways and busy streets, another mixed-user is under construction just block away and, along with a few existing buildings, a cluster is starting to form. There are many underused lots along San Pablo Ave and it would be great to see some more thoughtfully-designed mixed-use buildings go up in the area.
Looking north on San Pablo. Rendering: EAH Housing

Looking south on San Pablo. Rendering: EAH Housing
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