Tassafaronga Village

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Exterior daytime view of landscaped courtyard with children in a play area under strings of hanging down lights
Exterior view of curving architectural walls with slim windows at staggered heights, large planters in the foreground
Exterior daytime view of landscaped courtyard with walls of multifamily units painted in various bright colors
Detail of exterior courtyard landscaping with large round metal planters and lawn at dusk

Project Information


85th & G Street

Oakland, California


157 Affordable Apartments


$70 Million


Spring 2010


David Baker & Partners


Cahill Contractors, Inc



National Equity Fund

Oakland Housing Authority

City of Oakland

California Department of Housing & Community Development

Project Description

the strength of its successes in managing the redevelopment of two large public housing projects in San Francisco – North Beach Place and Valencia Gardens – ECB was selected by the Oakland Housing Authority to guide the rebuilding of Tassafaronga Village, a 157-unit affordable development in Oakland’s Coliseum District. ECB successfully enhanced the capacity of the Housing Authority’s project management staff during the pre-construction phase – including close coordination of the design process with explorations of a variety of financing options – and managed the construction of the development.

As with the San Francisco projects, Tassafaronga Village was transformed,based on “defensible” urban design principles to better serve the needs of its long-time residents. By increasing the density on a portion of the site, providing accessible open spaces, and incorporating two courtyard developments by Habitat for Humanity that provide home-ownership opportunities for lower-income families, the revitalization of Tassafaronga Village removed significant obstacles to the safety of this community.

The changes at the site, however, reached beyond the development itself. The street grid around the site was re-connected to adjacent residential areas, and pedestrian links established to newly-constructed civic developments – two new schools and a library – as well as to an existing public park adjacent to the project. The development achieved a platinum rating in the LEED for Homes program, and gold in the LEED for Neighborhood Development program.

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