Oakland Planning Commission finally approved a housing project for development at 1396 Fifth Street in West Oakland. The project proposal includes the development of an eight-story building offering 222 dwelling units in a transit-oriented project site.
The Michaels Organization is the project developer.
Named The Golden West, the project will bring 222 residential units into an eight-story building. The residential units will be developed as a mix of 49 studios, 132 one-bedroom units, and 41 two-bedroom units. The project site is a vacant lot which was once the site of the city’s longest running and biggest brewery, the Golden West Brewing Company. The project will have 16 units reserved for very-low-income households.
Councilmembers approved the development, denying an environmental appeal by East Bay Residents for Responsible Development, a coalition of local unions. One mitigation involves reducing health risks from air pollution. The developer must install air filter devices rated MERV 16 or higher in certain units and electrostatic air purifiers in below-market-rate units.
The project site is located on 5th Street between Mandela Parkway & Kirkham Street. The site is located close to the West Oakland Bart Station and Interstate Highway 880.