Construction is starting to go vertical for the five-story affordable housing project at 1666 7th Street in West Oakland, Alameda County. The development, dubbed 7th and Campbell, is now one level closer to having 79 apartments with community space above a new restaurant and grocery store. Oakland & the World Enterprises is the project sponsor, led by the former Black Panther Party chairwoman Elaine Brown.
MWA Architects is responsible for the design. The firm writes that “7th and Campbell is the culminated vision of Civil Rights activist and leader of OAW Elaine Brown, who, combined with [McCormack Barron Salazar], has raised $80 million for this development.” The exterior is undulating to deflect noise from the adjacent BART tracks. While metal cladding faces the train passengers, a softened stucco facade will face the adjacent single-family households.
The 58-foot tall building will yield 76,290 square feet, creating 48,420 square feet for residential use, 9,000 square feet of common open space, and 16,750 square feet of commercial area with plans to host a grocery store, restaurant, and incubator business space. Unit sizes will vary, with 23 studios, 24 one-bedrooms, and 32 two-bedrooms. All units will be designated as affordable for households earning at or less than 30% of the Area Median Income. BOSS will provide on-site support services for residents.
Parking will be included for 10-18 vehicles with stackers and 90 bicycles. West Oakland Farms is slated to move into the second level of the complex, selling produce inside the proposed ground-floor grocery store and restaurant.
BGI Construction and Nibbi are working together as project contractors. 7th and Campbell is expected to have a nearly net-zero energy footprint. The rooftop will include 7,900 square feet of solar panels to generate clean energy. Solar shading along the exterior will help maintain comfortable temperatures inside.