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Let’s Transform a Former Arts College Into Homes

Oakland is amid a severe housing shortage, displacement, and affordability crisis. It is essential that every community do its part to create more well-designed and well-located homes to alleviate our region’s housing shortage. At 5212 Broadway, formerly the California College of the Arts campus, we have an opportunity to create 510 of these new homes that we need, and that’s why Greenbelt Alliance is proud to endorse it through our Climate SMART Development Endorsement Program. 


Since 2017, the project team has worked with the community to create a project that will bring needed new homes, preserve historic architecture, and open up space for the community of Rockridge.


Some of the project’s many highlights include:

  1. 510 new homes in Rockridge, a historically exclusionary neighborhood that has seen scant new housing in decades. This includes a commitment to 50 affordable homes onsite.
  2. Much needed housing near Rockridge’s BART station, supporting transit in the neighborhood. This is bolstered by a commitment to 3X the required number of bike parking spaces.
  3. Extensive historic preservation and reuse including repurposing primary components of the Victorian Treadwell Estate Era and preserving historic landscape with multiple redwood groves, coast live oaks, and magnolia trees.
  4. Community access to Macky Lawn, a nature playground, a terrace view deck, and meeting and event space within a historic building.

To get these homes built, we need your help!

Now, we are joining forces with the Housing Action Coalition, East Bay for Everyone, East Bay Yimby, and Urban Environmentalists to support this transformative project.

Make sure the City of Oakland knows that pro-housing voices support this project by simply clicking on the “START WRITING” button, and a form letter will appear that you can send as-is or edit to personalize.


Original content provided by our friends at the Housing Action Coalition.

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