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Lion Creek Crossings, once a blighted East Oakland public housing project called Coliseum Gardens, on May 16, 2012 celebrated the grand opening of Phase IV of the 22-acre development, which adds 72 mixed-income units to the 440-unit development.
From certain vantage points within this vibrant new community, the stadium lights of the Oakland Coliseum and the Oakland Hills can still be seen. However, everything else on this 22-acre site has been radically transformed, with the intention of providing some of the lowest-income residents in the city with clean, high-quality, affordable and safe housing. What once were depressing gray boxes are now four 4- and 5-story buildings painted in warm elemental hues and surrounded by native plants and drought-tolerant trees.
“You don’t even feel like you’re in the same place,” says a resident who opened her home for a project tour. “My apartment looks more like a house and a home than an apartment.”
The complex’s design incorporates a podium structure that houses one parking spot for each apartment. Half of the parking spaces are accessed through a mechanical lift that maximizes space by allowing for two cars to be parked in the same space; one above ground, one below ground.
Local and national officials, members of the project team and Lion Creek Crossing residents gathered under a tent to celebrate the new community spirit within the development.
A joint-venture between Related Companies of California, EBALDC (East Bay Asian Local Development Corp.) and the Oakland Housing Authority (OHA), the multi-phase Lion Creek Crossings development will provide 440 new, high-quality, affordable 1BR to 5B family units and 28 homeownership units.
Nibbi will begin construction in February 2012 on Phase V, a $25 million project, consisting of 128 units of affordable senior housing in a four-story building. The project will include a community room, laundry facilities, fitness space, computer room, lounge, roof deck, and bicycle storage for the residents. A surface parking lot with 32 spaces will be located off the single driveway.