The City of Emeryville planning commission is scheduled to review plans for a five-story affordable housing proposal at 4300 San Pablo Avenue, Alameda County. The proposal will replace a vacant single-story structure with 68 new homes and amenities. EAH Housing is responsible for the project as the property owner.
The 73-foot tall structure will yield 71,930 square feet with 40,820 square feet for housing, 7,820 square feet of ground-level amenities, 1,540 square feet for the podium-topping deck, and 8,620 square feet for the 21-car garage. Additional parking will be included for 68 bicycles.
Unit sizes will vary with 44 studios, 16 one-bedrooms, and eight two-bedrooms. Apartments will be affordable for households earning between 30-80% of the Area Median Income. The ground level will feature laundry, a multi-purpose room, a lounge, a co-working space, and mail. The second floor will include a classroom flex area, a meditation room, and an open-air courtyard.
KTGY is the project architect. The podium-style design will avoid the collage-like excess of some buildings with two stucco tones, composite wood flair, and decorative metal railing and panels.
Outside the building, there will be 4,150 square feet of landscaping designed by Jett Landscape Architecture. Trees will include strawberry trees, western redbud, peppermint trees, and red oaks. Other shrubs and plants will be added below the trees and wrapped around the parcel boundary.
The plan uses California’s Senate Bill 35 for ministerial streamlining and AB 1763 for no density limit for projects within half a mile of transit. BKF is consulting on civil engineering.
The property is located on the corner of San Pablo Avenue and 43rd Street. AC Transit can take residents along the San Pablo thoroughfare to Downtown Oakland in less than 15 minutes, with buses to Berkeley taking 20 minutes. The MacArthur BART Station is less than a mile away.
EAH Housing’s proposal for 4300 San Pablo Avenue will be reviewed by the city’s planning commission tomorrow, July 28th. The meeting will be held on zoom starting at 6:30 PM. For information about how to attend, visit the agenda here.