A 100% affordable housing project has been approved for development at 121 East 12th Street in Merritt, Oakland. The project proposal includes the development of a six-story building offering 91 residential units, retail, and parking spaces.
Oakland-based East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation is the developer. PYATOK Architects is responsible for the designs. DCI Engineers is consulting on structural engineering, Sandis is the civil engineer, and Jett is the landscape architect.
The project will construct a 79-foot tall structure, yielding approximately 79,400 square feet of built-up area, with 55,860 square feet for housing, 450 square feet for ground-level retail, and 5,560 square feet for a 15-car ground-floor garage. The remaining floor area will be for circulation, amenities, and a 960 square feet office. Additional parking will be included for 65 bicycles.
Renderings reveal a facade designed in stucco, composite aluminum panels, cement board panels, and tiles wrapped around the base. The structure showcases a corner window overlooking the intersection of East 12th Street and 2nd Avenue.
The sidewalk will be designed with trees and a bulb-out at the intersection. A secure gate will bring residents through a landscaped courtyard between East 12th and the lobby. A second-floor podium will include furniture and equipment for outdoor cooking and dining.
The housing complex will sit ten minutes away from the Lake Merritt BART Station by foot, with AC Transit bus stops even closer for local transit. Construction is expected to start in 2023.