Lotus Apartments is a proposed 60 unit, mixed-use transit-oriented development located in downtown Oakland. The development would provide affordable housing to families earning between 30% and 60% of the Area Median Income, meeting a deep need in the City of Oakland, and especially in the Chinatown neighborhood. The East Bay Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) is an affordable housing developer, owner, and manager with a rich history of community outreach and service to Oakland, but especially the Chinatown and surrounding downtown neighborhoods.
In this project I, along with 3 other colleagues, acted as the consultants to the developer. The developer wanted culturally appropriate architecture that honored the community of Chinatown. I was mainly in charge of the design and of some of the finance. The software used was Revit and Excel.
Heron Bay Apartments
Heron Bay Apartments is a proposed 50 unit, mixed-use development located in Ashland, an unincorporated part of Alameda County that lies between the cities of San Leandro and Hayward. The development would provide affordable housing to families earning between 30% and 55% of the Area Median Income, meeting a deep need in the County. Resources for Community Development (RCD) is an affordable housing developer, owner, and manager with a rich history of community outreach and service to Alameda County, and has recently developed two nearby projects. The County of Alameda currently owns the parcel, and plans to issue a Request for Proposals for a mixed-used development with ground floor commercial space and affordable housing. RCD has been in conversation with Sunny Hills Services, who would like to move offices to this location. As a result, RCD has requested that we analyze the site’s feasibility for 8,300 square feet of ground floor office space, and 23 parking spaces for Sunny Hill Services. The nonprofit can occupy this space as a leased tenant, or purchase it for ownership under a separate legal entity.
In this project I, along with 3 other colleagues, acted as the consultants to the developer. I was mainly in charge of the finance and some of the programming. The main software used was Excel.
16th St Train Station
As an inter-disciplinary team of graduate students at the University of California Berkeley, we undertook a study of the development opportunities for the Historic Oakland 16th Street Train Station. Our goal was to propose a commercially oriented development that would provide diversified cash flow to support core Bridge activities and that would provide strong positive externalities for nearby Bridge residents, in terms of jobs, open space and a neighborhood retail center.Our Highest and Best Use Analysis for this site is an historic branded event center with a retail-office mixed-use annex of approximately 54,565sf to be developed on an adjacent lot. Along with the highest and best use analysis, we also provided a financial analysis thereof for Bridge and its development partner, and an analysis of the benefits to other stakeholders.
In this project I was mainly in charge of providing all graphics for our vision. I was also in charge of the joint venture partnership structure research and some of the finance. The main software used was SketchUp, Photoshop, Powerpoint and Excel.