The City of Oakland has approved steps to constructing two affordable housing buildings at 101 East 12th Street in Merritt, by Downtown Oakland. The decision comes months after rejecting a mixed-income project co-sponsored by UrbanCore and the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation. Now, EBALDC and Satellite Affordable Housing Associates are expected to develop the lot with 100% affordable housing.
Communicating with YIMBY, EBALDC’s Executive Vice President of Real Estate Development, Capri Roth, described the firm’s appreciation of the city council’s decision. Roth shared that The City’s decision last week preserved millions of dollars in subsidy for affordable housing and transportation infrastructure improvements, in which the State previously committed to the City of Oakland, AC Transit, BART, and EBALDC.”
Roth went on to share how the firm’s collaboration with Oakland has shaped the project, explaining that “through continued collaboration with the City of Oakland and local community partners, we are implementing EBALDC’s vision of Oakland where everyone has a place to call home and have the resources to thrive. For example, as a result of ongoing community discussions, the project is also incorporating units designated for Transitional Aged Youth experiencing or at risk of homelessness.”
The 0.925-acre vacant lot is to be split into two parcels. Parcel 1 will be developed by EBALDC with 7 floors and 91 units of affordable housing.
Parcel 2 will be developed by SAHA in partnership with the East 12th Coalition. Within the resolution passed by the City Council, the document writes that the firm’s proposal “waas shaped by a deep community engagement process,” and that it has received “25 community group endorsements, hundreds of resident endorsements, and is the culmination of organizing, direct action, advocacy, legal analysis, and civic participation….”
Eve Stewart, VP of Real Estate Development of SAHA, expressed in the city press release, “we deeply appreciate the opportunity to be part of this grassroots effort and are excited to see a path forward for both EBALDC’s project as well as the People’s Proposal.”
Continuing on in the press release was a founding member of Eastlake United for Justice and the East 12th Street Coalition, Dunya Alwan. Alwan commented that “Eastlake United for Justice and the East 12th Street Coalition has been fighting to maximize affordable housing on the East 12th Street Remainder Parcel for 7 years. In our campaign Public Land for Public Good, we fought a market rate tower on the very site we are looking forward to building an updated version of our 100% community derived design, The Peoples Proposal.”
The next steps for Parcel 1 will involve submitting revised planning entitlements later this year, as Roth shares that EBALDC is working toward groundbreaking in 2023.