Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: The MacArthur Transit Village—Parcel B

Nearly a decade ago, Greenbelt Alliance endorsed the MacArthur Transit Village in Oakland. We strongly supported the concept for a walkable, equitable, mixed-use community that would boost the local economy and create quality jobs. And now, Greenbelt Alliance is proud to endorse a smart project in the Transit Village by Boston Properties that will redefine what’s possible near transit in the East Bay.

The proposal for “Parcel B” envisions a dense, 25-story mixed-use tower with more than 400 homes (11% of them affordable to low-income households) right next to BART. The revised plan is a vast improvement over the original proposal, which offered a mere 150 units, all of which would have been market-rate. We are particularly impressed that this proposal increases the overall share of affordable homes for the entire Transit Village.

Parcel B innovatively utilizes vertical space to provide homes for people across the income spectrum, connecting more people to BART and opportunities throughout the Bay Area. Transit-oriented developments like this help to reduce pressure for sprawl development and the need for lengthy commutes. It is our hope that Parcel B will set a precedent for future dense, transit-oriented developments in the region.

On October 19, Greenbelt staff testified at the City of Oakland’s Design Review Committee hearing in support of the project. Stay tuned and get involved as the Parcel B project will be reviewed again by the Design Review Committee before it goes to the Planning Commission.

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