For decades, Oakland has been denied access to its waterfront. Industrial wreckage isolated the City from a large section of the Bay. Now, for the first time in more than 150 years, Signature Development Group, along with our valuable partners, is dramatically reshaping the area for the public to enjoy. Brooklyn Basin is the single largest revitalization project to come to Oakland since World War II. As a local developer, we’re proud to help transform the waterfront into a 21st century integrated urban center that supports environment, economy, and community.
We leveraged exacting legal expertise to navigate a complex entitlement process, ultimately gaining rights to change a post-industrial parcel into a new waterfront district. Brooklyn Basin’s 64 acres are now rezoned for residential (3,100 units); commercial (200,000 square feet); and parks & open spaces (30 acres).
Brooklyn Basin will create approximately 10,000 jobs; restore wetlands; preserve historic architecture; create new parks; and build in compliance with LEED or Green Point Rated standards. The 9th Avenue Terminal building, a historic structure, will be seismically retrofitted and partially restored to accommodate a museum and community space.
A truly collaborative effort, SDG partnered with Zarsion America, Reynolds & Brown, and Signature Homes to realize the vision of Brooklyn Basin. Along with their partners, SDG leveraged a listen-first approach to develop a creative master plan. Initially scoped in 2001, the team spent several years collaborating with community partners, urban planners, and government to gain a deep understanding of what people want for their City. The result was an integrative urban design in support of the environment, economy, and community. The streets of Brooklyn Basin are configured and designed as an extension of the open space system with direct pedestrian and visual linkages between the city and the waterfront, and will provide Oakland with a new connection to their shore.
Along with their partners, SDG leveraged a listen-first approach to develop a creative master-plan.
With its many parks & pedestrian paths, a new marina, and a central shopping district; Brooklyn Basin will be a destination of distinction. 10,000 jobs and 3,100 residences, including 165 Below Market Rate homes, will contribute to long-term neighborhood viability.
SDG will remediate all of Brooklyn Basin’s 64 acres that were used by industry for 100 years. By performing a multi-year analysis of soil and groundwater contamination in compliance with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), SDG developed a plan to effectively remove all contamination.
Brooklyn Basin created the groundwork for a thriving new district to emerge in the Bay Area. The neighborhood will likely see hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, bringing much needed commerce to Oakland. Once all phases are complete, the development will have cleaned 64 acres of post-industrial land and built more than 30 acres of public parks. The parks will join an existing network of trails (the Bay Trail), eventually connecting to Lake Merritt via bike, transit, and pedestrian pathways. As a result, the people of Oakland will have more access than ever to the shore. 10,000 new jobs will be created, with a significant percentage of those jobs being long-term. 3,100 residences in a variety of housing styles will be built. To accommodate and enhance the residential district, a shopping district centered around a new marina will be created, adding maritime recreation and visual interest to the neighborhood. In sum, Brooklyn Basin will be a creative solution to a problem parcel, resulting in the foundations for a new district the public can enjoy.
10,000 new jobs will be created, with a significant percentage of those jobs being long-term.
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