Achieving sustainability through innovative practices
Merritt Crossing, located in downtown Oakland’s Chinatown, celebrated its grand opening on Oct. 3, 2012.
The building’s 70 apartments (55 one-bedroom, 10 two-bedroom and 5 studio units) are home to 82 adults age 55 and older with low income; half of whom, at the time of initial occupancy, were either homeless or at high risk of homelessness, living with HIV/AIDS, or challenged by mental illness.
The brightly colored property was designed by Letty Maytum Stacy Architects (who also worked with Nibbi on Madison Apartments in Oakland), and was developed by AHA (Affordable Housing Associates).
Targeting LEED Platinum certification and earning the distinction of being the first affordable housing building in California to achieve Energy Star certification under the multi-family high-rise rating system, Merritt Crossing has already garnered several awards for its sustainable design and construction. The project recently received the AIA East Bay 2012 Design Honor Award, has Bay-Friendly Landscape certification, is expected to achieve more than 200 points in the GreenPoint program, and will be a featured project at the 2012 Greenbuild (held this year in San Francisco).
Merritt Crossing’s green features include: