Rendering just released of a near 100% affordable housing development

We get our first look at a new affordable housing development project in Oakland’s Fruitvale district. Villa Fruitvale will be built on 0.88 acres at 3751 International Boulevard at the intersection of 38th Avenue. According to developer Oakbrook Partners’ website, the new building would create 180 new apartments that will be aimed entirely at low-income families and youth. Oakbrook says bachelor and one-bedroom units, which make up about half of the building’s residences, “will accommodate young singles and young people with custody.” The other half of residences that feature one-, two-, and three-bedroom units will be reserved for “worker families.”

Rendering credit: KTGY

SFYimby reports that “the 71-foot-tall structure will produce 153,630 square feet with 113,030 square feet for residential use, 7,200 square feet for residential amenities, 2,280 square feet for a martial arts studio.” There is also expected to be approximately 5,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor which will be divided into a 23,200 square foot parking garage that can accommodate just over 70 cars and nearly 150 bicycles. There will also be an outdoor kitchen and dining area as well as what appears to be a large, colorful owl-shaped outdoor play area for children.

Photo credit: Oakbrook Partners

Some of the highlights of the development are the unique cultural design elements incorporated into the exterior of the six-story building. “The proposed design is inspired by the context of the vibrant murals, mosaics and pottery found in the Fruitvale neighborhood and Latin American culture. The proposed building concept is based on a simple form that is sculpted to reveal bold accents. These moments of decorative paneling contrast with the raw, earthy color of the building’s main facade,” according to a statement obtained by SFYimby.

Rendering credit: KTGY

It’s unclear how much the building will cost to construct and exact prices for the rental units have yet to be released, but Oakbrook says half of the units will be awarded to people earning 50% of the area’s median income. The other half of the units are reserved for those who earn between 51 and 80% of the AMI. The development also has easy access to public transportation. AC Transit buses stop a block away on 39th Avenue, and the Fruitvale BART station is less than a 10-minute walk away. Construction start and completion dates are still in progress.

Rendering credit: KTGY

Villa Fruitvale is currently in the approval phase, so potential construction completion is at least several years away.

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