City Approves Affordable Housing at 2455 Church Street, East Oakland

2501 Church Street bird's eye view, rendering courtesy Kodama Diseno Architects2455-2511 Church Street bird's eye view, rendering courtesy Kodama Diseno Architects

Development permits have been approved for Edward Shands Workforce Housing, a multi-structure residential project at 2455-2511 Church Street in East Oakland, Alameda County. The city approval came less than two months after formal applications were filed to the city. Eagle Environmental Construction is the project sponsor, while the Oakland Unified School District is the property owner.

The application was streamlined for approval through Senate Bill 35, achieving the green light from Oakland in less than two months from the formal permit application and three months after plans were revealed. The application uses the State Density Bonus program to increase housing capacity through several concessions and waivers. This includes concessions for waivers to building height limits, floor count, parking reduction, permitted activity, setback requirements, and more.

2501 Church Street, rendering courtesy Kodama Diseno Architects

2455 Church Street, rendering courtesy Kodama Diseno Architects

Once complete, the project will span nearly 95,000 square feet across the six structures, including 74,420 square feet for housing and 1,330 square feet of retail along Church Street. Parking will be included for 49 cars and 65 bicycles. Residential amenities will include a community room, on-site administrative offices, and a furnished lobby.

The 113 units will vary in type, with 47 studios, ten one-bedrooms, 36 two-bedrooms, and 20 three-bedrooms. Affordability will vary with 47 very low-income households, 65 moderate-income households, and one market-rate unit for the on-site property manager.

2501 Church Street pedestrian view, rendering courtesy Kodama Diseno Architects

2455 Church Street pedestrian view, rendering courtesy Kodama Diseno Architects

Kodama Diseno is the project architect. The project will incorporate an interior network of landscaped open space and outdoor amenities between the six structures. The two taller buildings will rise six floors over Church Street, with four two-story apartments in the rear of the lot. The six-story structure will be clad with stucco, board-formed concrete, and nichiha wall panels. The two-story structures will be covered with engineered wood panels for a naturalistic character.

The project will be called Edward Shands Workforce Housing, named after an African American educator who, during the 1960s and 1970s, was the principal of the Oakland Adult Day School at 2455 Church Street.

2501 Church Street outlined approximately by YIMBY, image via Google Satellite

2501 Church Street outlined approximately by YIMBY, image via Google Satellite

The project is close to the Eastmont Town Center, a shopping center and social services hub. The property has served as a nexus for several other developments in surrounding parcels, including Liberation Park at 6955 Foothill Boulevard, housing at 6733 Foothill Boulevard, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard, 7521 MacArthur Boulevard, 7954 MacArthur Boulevard, and 7994 MacArthur Boulevard.

SUPERConstructors is responsible for the application. The estimated cost and timeline for construction have yet to be established.

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3 Comments on "City Approves Affordable Housing at 2455 Church Street, East Oakland"

  1. I hope that huge empty surface parking lot right next to it is also slated for high density. What an eyesore and waste of land.

  2. Chuck Johnston | July 8, 2024 at 7:14 pm | Reply

    Over 100 units. Fewer than 50 parking slots. Do they suppose people will really buy these? Where will the other 50 families park? Stop being stupid, Oakland. Market rate units with parking would be snapped up immediately.

    • If you don’t want it, just don’t buy it. It will have absolutely no impact on you. I guarantee you others would be happy to live in these. I don’t understand why people care so much about other peoples home’s parking spaces.

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