The City of Emeryville is sponsoring an affordable housing development at 5890-6150 Christie Avenue next to Christie Park and close to the city’s Amtrak Station. Later this week, the Planning Commission is scheduled to review plans for the three-structure infill designed by David Baker Architects. EAH Housing is the project’s developer.
The Christie Avenue Affordable Housing project will create three 95-foot apartment buildings with 364 rental apartments, parking for 263 cars, and a 6,000-square-foot expansion of the adjacent Christie Park. Each building will include vehicular lifts to reduce the garage size. Amenities will include gathering spaces and a garden.
The buildings will create 129 units in phase one, 133 units in phase two, and 105 units in phase three. Apartment sizes will vary, with 46 studios, 89 one-bedrooms, 128 two-bedrooms, and 104 three-bedrooms. Residential services will include an after-school program and an in-home childcare facility.
David Baker Architects is responsible for the design. The illustrations show different facade styles for each building with a similar material palette. A pedestrian pathway will be included to connect the housing with the adjacent busy Public Market. DCI is consulting for engineering. The team will focus on increasing energy efficiency, reducing embodied carbon, and promoting non-vehicular transit by partnering with the Bay Area Bike Rescue nonprofit.
The Planning Commission is scheduled to start this Thursday, July 27th, starting at 6:30 PM. The event will be conducted via Zoom and in person at 1333 Park Avenue, Emeryville. For more information about how to attend and participate, visit the meeting agenda here.
The project will replace a vacant lot, surface parking, and three low-slung structures along Christie Avenue between Christie Park, Shellmound Way, and the Public Market Emeryville. Nearby proposals covered by YIMBY include 6200 Shellmound Street, the Bay Center Life Science Expansion at 6445 Christie Avenue, and 1580 62nd Street across the train tracks.
Construction is expected to last around three years, starting as early as 2025. The City of Emeryville has earmarked nearly $24 million to support, with additional funding expected to come from a federal tax credit.