Uptown (Fox Courts)
affordable housing master plan
This study was created for the Coalition for Workforce Housing during an advocacy campaign for affordable housing in Forest City’s 1,000 unit market-rate development in downtown Oakland. We worked with the coalition to design 225 affordable apartments on 2 acres. Through strategic planning, community meetings, public protests (media campaigns) and urban design workshops, we demonstrated to the market-rate developer that affordable housing was feasible and could be included in their large-scale market-rate plans. Our design work was a key component of the Community Benefits Agreement and ensured that 20% of Forest City’s units would be built as affordable housing, and that an additional parcel would be set aside for 90 units of affordable housing for people earning 15 to 50% area median income. One of the sites became the 80 unit Fox Courts affordable housing developed by Resources for Community Development.
Location: Oakland, California
Client: East Bay Housing Organization (EBHO), Just Cause Oakland (CJJC), Building Opportunities for Self Sufficiency (BOSS) & East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE)
Units: 225 apartments
Awards: 2009 AIA San Francisco Young Architect Award & 2008 AIA California Community Housing and Assistance Award