Wood Street (Ironhorse)
affordable housing master plan
This study was created for the Wood Street Train Station Coalition in West Oakland where a 1,500 unit market rate project was proposed by BUILD Housing, Holliday Development, and HFH Ltd. Located at the historic West Oakland train station, we responded to concerns from local residents that the development would have contributed to the displacement of low-income neighbors. We worked with the community to design 450 affordable units on 5.7 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. The developers subsequently set aside two parcels for affordable housing. One of the sites became the 99 unit Ironhorse affordable housing development developed by BRIDGE Housing.
Location: Oakland, California
Client: Just Cause Oakland (CJJC) & East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO)
Units: 450 apartments
Awards: 2009 AIA San Francisco Young Architect Award & 2008 AIA California Community Housing and Assistance Award