Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) - West Oakland
In February 2019, China Harbour Engineering Co. (CHEC) and their development partner Strategic Urban Development Alliance (SUDA) secured entitlements from the City of Oakland for a mixed-use transit-oriented development project on BART property, consisting of 382,460 square feet of office space, 762 residential units (240 of which will be affordable), and 75,000 square feet of retail space on approximately 5 acres. In June 2019, CHEC/SUDA and BART applied for approval of a plan that would add another 149,540 square feet of office space and 75 additional residential units to the proposed project. The envisioned development will be located on both sides of the existing West Oakland station. The proposal focuses on greatly enhancing the station’s connection with the community by creating welcoming public places, active street frontages that prioritize the pedestrian experience and integrating the community focus on the arts.
BART is working with the development team to ensure office is a significant component of the development in order to encourage travel patterns on the BART system that will help ease crowded trains at the peak travel times.
BART’s Board of Directors approved an affordable housing policy in 2016, requiring a minimum of 20% of units produced through BART TOD projects be affordable.
The affordable housing component of the West Oakland Station is still under development but will include, at a minimum, 20% of the residential units with rents that are affordable to residents who make 50% to 80% of the Area Median Income for Alameda County. Given the Bay Area’s high cost of housing and living, affordable housing located at transit stations is a regional priority as identified in Plan Bay Area, the region’s Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy.
The development team has organized a Community Advisory Committee that has been meeting since late 2016. In addition, the development team has hosted several meetings open to all interested community members. For more information on how to get involved and to receive project updates contact the development team visit the project website
The proposed project is currently beginning the planning review process at the City of Oakland. The current project schedule calls for construction to begin as early as 2020.