A new residential project has begun construction at 1666 7th Street in West Oakland. The project proposal includes the development of a five-story apartment complex offering affordable housing, retail space, business space, onsite amenities, and parking.
Oakland & the World Enterprises is the project sponsor, led by OAW’s CEO and former Black Panther Party chairwoman, Elaine Brown. MWA Architects is responsible for the design.
Named 7th & Campbell, the project brings 79 affordable residential units to a five-story mixed-use building. All units will be priced for extremely low-income households, earning between 0-30% of the area’s median income. Of the 79 units, 23 will be studios, 24 will be one-bedrooms, and 32 will be two-bedrooms.
The building facade will rise to a height of 58 feet, yielding a total built-up area of 76,290 square feet. The property will possess 48,420 square feet of residential space, 9,000 square feet of common open space, along with 16,750 square feet of commercial space. Common onsite amenities are inclusive of a gym, a grocery store, a restaurant, and an incubator business space. Parking will be included for 10-18 vehicles with stackers and 90 bicycles.
West Oakland Farms is slated to move into the second level of the complex, selling produce inside the proposed ground-floor grocery store and restaurant.
The structure is designed to have a nearly net-zero energy footprint, aided by 16,000 square feet of rooftop solar panels. The project was also reduced in height by a full floor by removing a significant quantity of parking.