|Re: Old Oakland Cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Raines Cohen (coho-Lraines.com)|
|Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 10:01:03 -0500|
At 06:26 AM 6/9/98 -0500, Sharon Hamer <hamer [at] meol.net> wrote: >Jerry Brown, newly elected mayor of Oakland was on NPR yesterday talking >about how there are hundreds of acres in Oakland that he wants to develop I was at his election-night block party, and he definitely is pretty inspirational/motivational, for a self-proclaimed "non-politician"! Albert Landeck <landeck [at] informix.com> wrote on 6/9/98 7:40 PM: >The city of Oakland owned the land and is providing it free of charge to >the developer, which is including CoHousing in the mix as part of its >mandate. The developer is getting the land & building for $1, and permits-clearance assistance from the city (it has been praised for not relying on city grants or insufficiently-backed "loans", unlike many other projects the city has gotten involved with in the past decade (Raiders & downtown ice rink are a couple). I don't believe Cohousing is specifically mandated, just a mix of affordable housing and market-rate. Many early members of our group went before the council and committees a number of times to keep the project alive and get it to this point. > It has been a while since my wife and I have been active with >this group. Perhaps Joni could correct any factual problems I have at >this point. Joani Blank <jeblank [at] ic.org> is away at the moment, but I'm filling in as greeter/host, so I'll try to fill the gaps. >The good news about Oakland city government, is that city council has been >educated about CoHousing. The bad news is that I get the feeling that >they want to see how the Old Oakland CoHousing group gets along before >committing to any more. Michael Schafer <msvh [at] california.com>, a longtime member of the Old Oakland Swans Market group, supplied this correction: >cohousing did not receive a subsidy from the city - the project did in >the form of free land and loans. cohousing was not featured as a concept >to the council - in fact i would wager that most couldn't even tell you >what it is. also, we will not have high rise development adjacent to our >project - there wont be high rise development anywhere in old oakland. We did have the outgoing Mayor Harris and a couple of councilmembers at the groundbreaking last month, sponsored by Fannie Mae Foundation. But mostly they were speaking to the commercial and affordable housing portions (councilmember Nancy Nadel, who represents our district, did specifically praise "the people who will be living here"). We did meet someone launching another coho project in North Oakland, but details are sketchy so far... it sounds small, N-street style. Jerry Brown, Mayor-elect, lives less than a mile away (2d & Harrison) in urban-retrofit live/work housing, and says nice things about investing in living opportunities in downtown, but was not universally supported by our members, and his "strong mayor" ballot initiative petition is even more strongly rejected by some. As to the "high-rise" question: The 3-story convention center is most directly adjacent to us (mainly little-used hallway to small rooms facing us, Golden Gate Warriors basketball training (enclosed) on their roof), and the far end of that building includes an 18(?)-story hotel(won't block our sun, in fact, it should reflect some interesting sunsets into our space) ... but that's the nearest thing to high-rise... everything else maxes out at 3-5 stories. Here's a map: Little Park "City Centre" shops | Subway-15 min. to SF/Berk | Restaurants | ...Convention Ctr............Tall Hotel | C ^ ----<<<<one way<<<--------10th-St. --------------------- h N | COHO......CH.....COHO Rest | Sml Htl S | i New Condos | COHO......CH.....COHO Rest | w/rest h | n done '98 | Kids Art Shop | Micro o | a | Affordable Museum Shop | brew p | t | Housing courtyard Shop |Office Shops | o <-(frwy 3 blks)-------------9th-St.------->>>one way>>>>---|- w 20 min. 2 SF | Future Condos Rest | Rest Shops | n Market | now-parking Shop | Shops Rests | (future condos?)| Gallery | | | | | Clay Washington Broadway (ferry to SF 8 blks) (Jack London Square 8 blks) (Amtrak to Sacto/San Jose/L.A.) (frwy 4 blks... 40 min Silicon Vly) CH = Common House NOT TO SCALE This is a top-view, so it doesn't show the restaurant that will be under one of our units at 10th & Clay, or the fact that the Restaurants, shops and offices along 9th & Washington Streets are all in restored victorians, with street-level retail/restaurants and offices upstairs. It also doesn't represent well that the historic building we're preserving occupies the ENTIRE BLOCK, and that portions will become open courtyards (but with original roofline girders preserved), including the E-W corridor between our units (on the first floor, up above our parking) and the Common House, nor our ground-level garden to the left of the "Kids Art Museum" (the Museum of Children's Art, or MOCHA), and the semi-public (limited hours) courtyards between us and the subsidized-rent housing and between them and the Swans Market Hall area (not just streetfront shops but a common interior area with "public-market" type shops, including organic produce) in the lower right of our block. Many rural coho folks must be saying at this point "how can you live in such a crowded, noisy place"? The answer is: by designing appropriately for the setting, including noise mitigation features, and by enjoying the cycles of the habitat, same as you do. I find I thrive on the energy level of the city (I don't need to look at the clock, I just listen for the train whistle to know the time), and really enjoy the easy access to resources & people ... a carless lifestyle is really quite do-able in this setting. Raines (currently reading "Appetite for Change: How the counterculture took on the food industry, 1966-1988", Warren J. Belasco (Pantheon, 1989), ISBN 0-394-54399-8. Interesting history on parallel evolution of communes, organics, and the like... some insights on attitudes toward food and learning from mistakes made in some '70's attempts at revolution) Raines Cohen <coho-L [at] raines.com> Member, Swans Market Cohousing - Old Oakland neighborhood, CA All units reserved; ground "broken" May; Occupancy Summer '99
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