affordable housing master plan
This study was created for the Oak-to-9th Community Benefits Coalition for their campaign at the Oakland waterfront estuary where Signature Properties proposed a 3,100 unit market rate project on 65 acres. We worked with the community to design 562 affordable units on 5.74 acres. Through strategic planning, community meetings, public protests (media campaigns) and urban design work, we demonstrated to the market rate developer that affordable housing was feasible and could be included in their large-scale market-rate plans. In 2013 a deal was signed and the developer agreed to build 465 affordable housing units, provide local jobs, apprenticeships and other community benefits.
Location: Oakland, California
Client: Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Urban Strategies Council, East Bay Asian Youth Center, Oakland Community Organizations & Green Belt Alliance
Units: 462 apartments
Awards: 2009 AIA San Francisco Young Architect Award & 2008 AIA California Community Housing and Assistance Award