Oakland: 2126 MLK - Affordable Housing for Veterans Planned in Downtown Oakland

Rendering: Resources for Community Development/SGPA
As rents in Oakland are reaching record highs, the need for more affordable housing units certainly becomes more pressing. Responding to this need is Berkeley-based Resources for Community Development which is planning a new 6-story mixed-use building in Downtown Oakland.

The new building would rise on a vacant lot on the corner of 22nd and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and would include 62 affordable apartments as well as a ground floor community room and offices. All of the units in the SGPA-designed building would be reserved for veterans with half of units specifically going to homeless vets. The project's focus on veterans is strategic as there is a VA clinic right across the street.

The project still needs final approvals from the city (including approvals for providing less parking than required) with a ground-breaking likely to happen sometime in 2017. Though recent proposals in central Oakland have been mostly market-rate housing, 2126 MLK would join a few other affordable housing projects that are in the works or recently completed including 1711 MLK, 632 14th and the West Grand and Brush Street proposal.

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March 14, 2016 at 1:25 PM delete

And requests an awesome density bonus.