The Oakland Planning Commission is scheduled to review reduced plans for the former Oakland Campus for the California College of Arts at 5200 Broadway in Rockridge, Alameda County. The residential capacity has been reduced from 510 to 448 units while preserving the Treadwell Estate with Macky Hall and the Carriage House. Emerald Fund and Equity Community Builders are the project sponsors.
The development will yield 578,410 square feet across four structures, with 479,750 square feet of residential floor area and 14,390 square feet of commercial space in the two historic structures. Parking will be included for 237 cars and 476 bicycles. Of the 448 apartments, there will be 62 studios, 12 junior one-bedrooms, 199 one-bedrooms, 163 two-bedrooms, a loft unit, and 11 townhome-style units.
Sitelab Urban Studio is responsible for the urban design, with Mithun as the project architect. The planning of the 3.9-acre property appears extremely formative throughout the master plan, with the public park and plaza connecting. The mid-rise architecture uses modular articulation and setback top floors to add variety to each massing. For the O-shaped Building A, the structure will huddle around a residential courtyard connected to the wider public plaza through a cutaway in the building for the O-shaped Building A. A co-working space will face the courtyard, while the exterior facing Broadway will be lined with new commercial retail space.
Building B, with its long I-shaped floor plan, expresses its central lobby with added bulk over the Central Plaza. A neighborhood pathway will extend from Clifton to the plaza, bassing both residential buildings and leading to the Macky hall building. Below the historic building will be a circular lawn, surrounded by a playground, residential amenities, and pathways connecting to Broadway and Building A townhomes. The use of townhomes will help activate the greenspace, with residential stoops looking directly onto the greenspace. CMG is the landscape architect, and Knapp Architects is responsible for the historic architecture. BKF is the civil engineer.
The private art school was founded in 1907 in Berkeley. By 1922, the school, named the California Guild of Arts and Crafts, expanded with the purchase of the nearly four-acre property from James Treadwell. The campus maintained the site for a hundred years, closing in May of 2022 while consolidating in San Francisco. The Macky Hall and Carriage House, built between 1879-1881, are listed as Oakland Landmarks on the National Register. They will be the only two of 12 structures on the existing campus. For more details about the site’s historic assets and how the future plans will change the campus, check out the public plans here.
The development of the former CCA Oakland campus was made possible when the school concentrated all of its facilities in its San Francisco location. YIMBY reported earlier this month about the construction progress for the new landmark addition to the school as designed by Chicago-based architecture firm Studio Gang.
The property is located by the intersection of Broadway and College Avenue in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood. The property is in a desirable area close to Piedmont Avenue and a close AC Transit Bus ride to Berkeley. The Rockridge BART Station is four minutes away by bicycle.
The public hearing is scheduled to start today, March 22nd, at 3 PM. For more information about how to attend and participate, visit the meeting agenda here.