A new zoning application has been submitted for a new affordable senior housing project and church at 793 West Grand Avenue in West Oakland, Alameda County. The proposal will create 101 apartments above a new home for Joshua Christian Church, which currently occupies the existing religious facility on the corner of Grand Avenue and West Street.
Joshua Christian Church is the project sponsor, and Community Housing Development Corporation of North Richmond is the developer. Of the 101 units, 100 will be designated as affordable to very low-income households earning less than half of the Area’s Median Income, and one will be the manager’s unit.
The 78-foot tall structure will contain around 82,170 square feet, with 71,270 square feet for housing and 10,900 square feet for the new religious facility. The manager’s unit will be a two-bedroom residence at ground level, with all other units being a one-bedroom home. Residential parking will be included for 15 cars and 15 bicycles. Church parking will include 19 cars and two bicycles.
The first construction phase will demolish the Joshua Christian Church and two vacant homes. The eight-story corner building will include 70 affordable units and the manager’s apartment. Phase two of construction will demolish a fourplex at 2204 West Street and surface parking. According to the project application, existing residents “will be provided with permanent relocation benefits per Federal and CA State guidelines.” The new six-story building will feature 30 homes and parking.
Kodama Diseno Architects is responsible for the design. Facade materials include stucco, cement board siding, and wood panels. The community area will feature a community room, a common area, a kitchen, and a lounge.
The 0.32-acre property is located less than 15 minutes away from the 19th Street BART Station for regional transit, with AC Transit buses and rapid transit along San Pablo Avenue.
CHDC first submitted a pre-application using Senate Bill 35 with Oakland in July 2022. The new zoning worksheet application was submitted on Monday for the two-phase mixed-use development.