Oakland: MacArthur BART Development Phases 3 & 4 Moving Forward

Rendering: Bridge Housing/Ankrom Moisan Architects
As the affordable housing component of the MacArthur BART station parking lot redevelopment is speeding toward completion, you may wonder what is next for the redevelopment plans of this (formerly) giant parking lot. As it turns out Phases 3 & 4 of the development are currently getting final approvals and should be ready to break ground in the near future.

Map of the Development With Phases 3 & 4 in Bold. Rendering: Bridge Housing/Ankrom Moisan Architects
These two phases would include three additional buildings to be built on Block A and Block C1. Block A (Phase 3) would consist of either 287 residential units with around 22,000 square feet of commercial space or 292 residential units with around 34,000 square feet or commercial space. Both alternatives would consist of two buildings as well as a paseo but the latter alternative would include a grocery store. Block C1 (Phase 4), on the other hand, is a smaller lot between Block A and the affordable housing project with 96 residential units and 1,200 square feet of commercial space planned.

So far I have only been able to find low quality renderings of the development. These renderings show various mixed-use buildings that range in height from 4 to 6 stories. It looks like architects Ankrom Moison made sure each building would have a unique identity to avoid that dreaded mixed-use cookie cutter look. Hopefully, higher quality renderings will emerge soon so we can admire these designs in all their beauty. I'm especially excited for Block A, as this part of the development will face both Telegraph Ave as well as 40th St, bringing some attractive developments to both of these high-traffic streets.

Two more plots remain in the overall MacArthur BART development plan. Block B sits on the western edge of the development, just north of the new BART parking garage. Plans call for another mixed-use building on this site but. according to the city, this parcel is not owned by Bridge Housing and it is not clear what is next for this part of the development. A further phase, C2, is planned immediately east of Block C1 but, unfortunately, Bridge Housing has not been able to acquire this lot and it is not clear whether they will continue to pursue this part of the development.

Block C1. Rendering: Bridge Housing/Ankrom Moisan Architects

Overview of Phases 3 & 4. Rendering: Bridge Housing/Ankrom Moisan Architects

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