Featured Endorsements

Our endorsement requires proposed developments to meet strict criteria including efficient use of land and community engagement by the developer. These are a few exemplary developments we have endorsed that have been taken from plans on paper to real homes that are affordable to a wide range of Bay Area residents. View more endorsements here.

Transit-Friendly Homes in San Jose

Ford Road Plaza Eden HousingFord Road Plaza, San Jose
95 affordable homes

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed
City Council Approved  2009
Opened August 2014

Ford Road Plaza features 75 affordable homes adjacent to 20 homes for individuals with special needs near Coyote Creek in southern San Jose. Together, these developments by nonprofit Eden Housing are transforming a deteriorated, vacant parking lot into a thriving residential community.

Ford Road Plaza features 75 affordable homes adjacent to 20 homes for individuals with special needs near Coyote Creek in southern San Jose. Together, these developments by nonprofit Eden Housing are transforming a deteriorated, vacant parking lot into a thriving residential community.

Endorsed by Greenbelt Alliance, Ford Road Plaza is ideally located near a major shopping center plus a wealth of public transportation choices such as Caltrain, bus stops, and light rail. This superb location allows residents to live full, active lives without the need for a car, helping to reduce greenhouse gases and improve community health.

In addition, an array of free resident services will be offered on-site, including technology training, financial literacy classes, green education, and wellness and safety programs as well as a community garden, community gathering areas, and children’s play lots.


Walnut Creek Apartments

North Main Apartments, Walnut CreekNorth Main apartments
126 homes

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed
City Council Approved 2011
Under construction

The Walnut Creek City Council took an important step toward a more vibrant future by approving the construction of the North Main Apartments at the corner of North Main Street and Ygnacio Valley Road. Featuring 126 apartments, some of which are live-work spaces, the attractive building takes the place of a parking lot and a shuttered Motor Lodge.

Greenbelt Alliance endorsed the project and provided supportive testimony at the public hearings, noting that the new homes would provide more transit-accessible living opportunities for Contra Costa residents.

In addition to excellent proximity to BART and downtown shops, the new apartments have secure bike parking and carshare on-site, a rooftop pool heated by solar panels, and even a special area where residents can bring their canine friends outside for a game of fetch. The developer will donate more than $200,000 toward Walnut Creek’s public parks, and $1.4 million for affordable housing.


San Mateo Neighborhood with Shops and Homes

Bay Meadows Town Square

Bay Meadows Phase II, San Mateo
New neighborhood with 1,100 homes

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed
City Council Approved 2005

First homes opened 2013

The City of San Mateo made a smart choice with the Bay Meadows Phase II redevelopment project, replacing an aging horse-racing track with a vibrant, mixed-use community that is within walking distance of a Caltrain station.

Endorsement by Greenbelt Alliance and others is widely credited with helping generate the support needed to secure the City Council’s unanimous approval and overcome an unsuccessful voter referendum campaign.

When construction is complete, the project will provide more than 1,100 homes for residents at a range of incomes, helping to address the sky-high housing demand along on the Peninsula. It also offers a “mini main street ” with a mix of homes, shops, and offices, and 15 acres of new parks. The project complements the more than 700 homes created by Bay Meadows Phase I, an adjoining neighborhood built on the old practice race track. That project, begun in 1997, included several restaurants, two coffee shops, and a Whole Foods Market.


Family-Focused in Downtown Oakland

Cathedral Gardens, Downtown OaklandCathedral Gardens rendering
100 affordable homes

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed
City Council Approved 2010
Under construction

Cathedral Gardens in Oakland will provide 100 affordable homes for low-income families, just minutes from the downtown Oakland BART stations. Built on the former site of the St. Francis de Sales Cathedral, the project includes two new buildings with one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments as well as the rehabilitation of a historic Rectory building.

This family-focused development is close to three schools, a grocery store, shops, and jobs. BART and major AC transit bus lines serve the area, further reducing residents’ need for cars.

Cathedral Gardens adds to the burgeoning neighborhood with community rooms, a workout facility, homework/computer learning center, outdoor BBQ area and a tot lot. In addition, Greenbelt Alliance was pleased that the project has incorporated green features and outdoor open space. We hope that the development will help rejuvenate the nearby Begin Park Plaza and further transform this up-and-coming area of Oakland into a vibrant neighborhood.


Community Plan with Walkable Shops, Parks, and Homes

Sonoma Mountain VillageSonoma Mountain Village, Rohnert Park
Neighborhood with 1,694 homes

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed
City Council Approved 2010

This new community, just a half mile from a future SMART train station, will create walkable, transit-friendly neighborhoods with cutting-edge eco-friendly design on a former industrial campus.

The development integrates almost 1,700 new homes in a compact mixed-use pattern that leaves room for numerous block parks and open space. It features a central town square for offices, shops, restaurants, a grocery store, and a movie theater. Neighborhoods are designed around a “five minute lifestyle,” so that residents can meet their daily needs by walking rather than driving. To help ensure that the area remains inclusive to new and existing residents, 30% of new homes will be affordable to low-income families.

Sonoma Mountain Village is also slated to be model of green building. Through a combination of water-smart features, total water use will stay below that of the site’s former use as a factory. A large solar array will provide 100% on-site renewable power for the development.


For Developers

If your proposed development will make the Bay Area a better, more affordable place to live, we want to hear from you. View our endorsement criteria and request an application.

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