Development permits have been filed for 2956 International Boulevard dubbed Derby Studios, a 100% affordable five-story residential infill in Fruitvale, Oakland. The application comes a year and a half after a preliminary application was filed with the city’s planning department, now with six fewer units. Pacific West Communities is the project developer.
The roughly 55-foot tall structure will produce 100 studio lofts with access to shared amenities. These include a dog park, outdoor fitness center, a terrace, lounge, and laundry facilities on every floor. Units will be restricted to low-income residents.
Architects Orange is responsible for the design. The application describes the exterior as having “an eclectic mix of contemporary architectural trends and elements of the existing neighborhood’s modernist and mid 20th century mid-rise buildings.” The overall aesthetic is projected to look like an organic composition of expressions working with the building scale.
The building will occupy a surface parking lot located bound by International Boulevard, Derby Avenue, and East 15th Street. Construction crews will make use of modular pre-fabrication, reducing the construction timeline and material waste.
The developer has applied for protections with Senate Bill 35, state legislation that aims to streamline approval for affordable housing projects.