Oakland: West Grand & Brush Street Affordable Housing - Vision for Major Development in West Oakland Emerges

Rendering: Pyotak/EBALDC.
The East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) has some major plans in the works for West Oakland. A proposed affordable housing development of 3 separate parcels on Brush Street just west of 980 near the intersection of West Grand Avenue and San Pablo Ave would dramatically change the look of this area. The three lots are currently home to a 7-story public storage facility, a YMCA as well as several small commercial structures and surface lots. The plan, designed by PYATOK, would include 150-170 affordable housing units as well as community and commercial spaces. The parcels would be developed in 3 phases.
At this point, it's not clear whether these plans are simply a vision or whether these are concrete plans with funding in place. The city of Oakland shows a pending application that seems to match the description of this project but it's also worth noting that the EBALDC's website shows a rendering that does not match this proposal. I hope that this project, or something very similar to it, will ultimately be constructed. Providing affordable housing in attractively designed buildings like these is a win-win. This development could serve as an anchor for more development in the area which seems to have quite a few abandoned/underused lots while at the same time providing a much needed boost to the affordable housing stock of the East Bay. The inclusion of affordable apartments for artists along with collaborative workspaces is very encouraging as well, as artists and their needs are often overlooked in the affordable housing debate.

Rendering: Pyotak/EBALDC.

Rendering: Pyotak/EBALDC.
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