St. Joseph’s Campus in Oakland, California, offers 146 new apartments affordable to seniors and families with low incomes, on a multigenerational campus comprising three rehabilitated historic buildings, one new building, and amenities like gardens, community and art rooms, and social services. The campus was built in one of the costliest housing markets in the United States, and the deal was assembled during the immediate aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, at a time when housing construction had come to a near-standstill.
The design sensitively creates environments that cater both to independent seniors who have aged out of their homes, as well as to large families seeking safe and clean housing. The campus rejuvenated a beloved local landmark, respecting the neighborhood’s history while adding substantial new housing density on a site near transit, shops, schools, and services.
Cynthia Parker, president and CEO of developer BRIDGE Housing, calls St. Joseph’s an “intergenerational campus that allows people to live, work, and play here . . . a vibrant place for many generations to come.”