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Brooklyn Basin

Expertise Areas

Building Community, Land Restoration, Sustainability, Transformations

Architect

Roma Design Group (Masterplan)

financial partners

Zarsion America; Signature Homes; Reynolds & Brown

Website

BrooklynBasin.com

Brooklyn Basin

Overview

Designed to reconnect Oakland with its historic waterfront, Brooklyn Basin will create a vibrant new mixed-use neighborhood surrounded by open air and stunning views from San Francisco to the East Bay hills. With a vast network of parks and residences, along with a unique blend of cultural, commercial and recreational activities, Brooklyn Basin will provide dynamic new options for the varied and inspiring ways in which we live, work and play.

Transformations

Zoning for new uses.

We successfully navigated a complex entitlement process, ultimately securing the necessary approvals 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).

Sustainability

Developing our future.

Brooklyn Basin will create approximately 10,000 jobs, restore shorelines, preserve historic architecture, create new parks and build in compliance with LEED standards. The 9th Avenue Terminal building, a historic structure, has been seismically retrofitted and restored to accommodate waterfront retail, a market and spaces for the community.

Solutions

We partnered with Zarsion America, Reynolds & Brown, and Signature Homes to realize the vision of Brooklyn Basin. After the project was initially conceived in in 2001, the team spent several years collaborating with community partners, urban planners, and government to gain a deep understanding of the needs and desires of Oakland residents. The result was a master plan design that respects the environment, supports the local economy, and serves the needs of the community. The streets of Brooklyn Basin are configured and designed to provide direct pedestrian and visual pathways between the city and the waterfront, giving Oaklanders access to their shore.

In collaboration with our partners, we leveraged a listen-first approach to develop a creative master-plan.

Community Builder

A new destination.

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 465 affordable homes, will contribute to long-term neighborhood viability.

Land Restoration

Cleaning toxic waste.

We completed environmental remediation activities for the 64-acre site, which had been contaminated by 100 years of various industrial uses. We completed a multi-year analysis of soil and groundwater contamination in compliance with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and developed a plan to make the new neighborhood safe for living.

Impact

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 the existing Bay Trail network, eventually connecting to Lake Merritt via bike, transit, and pedestrian pathways. As a result, Oakland residents and visitors will have more access than ever to the city's waterfront. 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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