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Sango Court, Milpitas

New construction of 102 apartments for families • Architect: David Baker Architects • General Contractor: Nibbi Brothers General Contractors • Completed September 2023

Sango Court in Milpitas provides 102 one, two, and three bedroom apartments in a new building near Milpitas BART station.

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Coliseum Place, Oakland

New construction of 59 transit-oriented apartments for families • Architect: David Baker Architects • General Contractor: Nibbi Brothers General Contractors • Completed February 2022

Coliseum Place in Oakland provides 59 one, two and three bedroom apartments in an all-electric building next to the Coliseum BART station.

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Quetzal Gardens, San Jose

71 new affordable apartments above community-serving commercial space • Architect: SGPA Architecture and Planning • General Contractor: James E. Roberts Obayashi • Completed Spring 2022

Quetzal Gardens provides 71 new apartments for families above approximately 9,000 square feet of commercial space

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Victory Village, Fairfax

54 new apartments for seniors • Architect: Van Meter Williams Pollack, LLP • General Contractor: Nibbi Brothers General Contractors • Completed July 2020

Victory Village in Fairfax provides 54 units of much-needed affordable senior housing adjacent to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.

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St. Paul’s Commons, Walnut Creek

45 new apartments in a mixed-use building • Architect: PYATOK architecture + urban design • General Contractor: J.H. Fitzmaurice, Inc. • Completed May 2020

St. Paul’s Commons is part of a mixed-use campus with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church which includes space for homeless day programs of the Trinity Center and community meeting space along with 45 units of affordable housing above.

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Empyrean Towers, Oakland

66 renovated units • Architect: Gelfand Partners Architects • General Contractor: Fineline Construction • Completed December 2020

Empyrean Towers is an existing former residential hotel located in Oakland. Originally built in 1911, RCD fully renovated the property to become an affordable rental community. The renovation included expanding units to have individual bathrooms and kitchenettes, new interior upgrades and updated building systems.

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Transit-Oriented Development

Oxford Plaza, Berkeley

97 units new construction • Architect: WRT/SOLOMON ETC • General Contractor: Cahill Contractors, Inc. • Completed 2009

An urban infill and smart growth development that includes four compact uses on a one-acre site: housing, retail, 104 public and 41 residential parking spaces, and the David Brower Center, a home for the environmental movement, all within a block of downtown, the University of California, and major transit lines.

Riviera Apartments, Walnut Creek

58 units new construction on two lots • Architect: HKIT Architects; Mithun Solomon for 1515 Riviera concept design and entitlements • General Contractor: J.H. Fitzmaurice, Inc. • Completed 2018

This development was awarded funding from California’s Department of Housing and Community Development’s Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities (AHSC) and Infill Infrastructure Grant (IIG) programs for development that is projected to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is Green TRIP certified and located within a block of major transit (BART and bus), with convenient access to downtown retail and services, jobs, high quality schools, and recreation areas. Onsite measures that promote a mode shift to transit, bicycles, and walking include limited car parking, secure bike parking, a transit pass program, and car share memberships.

Mixed Use Development

Ohlone Gardens, El Cerrito

57 units new construction • Architect: Van Meter Williams Pollack, LLP • General Contractor: Nibbi Brothers General Contractors • Completed 2015

Ohlone Gardens is located next to the Ohlone Greenway approximately a mile from the El Cerrito Plaza BART station. The development features LEED Platinum design with 3,189 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. Sustainable green features and renewable technologies that lower operating costs include solar assisted hot water, energy-efficient windows and appliances, and environmentally preferable and durable materials for interior finishes.

Ashland Place, San Leandro

85 units new construction • Architect: Kava Massih Architects • General Contractor: Branagh, Inc. • Completed 2015

Ashland Place is a substantial investment in unincorporated Alameda County. In 2019, the Ashland Market & Café opened its door. Operated by Mandela Partners, this vibrant food hall provides a market and support for local food-related businesses and a community gathering space. This investment is part of a community-wide entrepreneurship and wealth building program as part of RCD’s Stronger Places, Stronger Lives initiative in Ashland.

Master Planned Communities

The Breakers at Bayport, Shinsei Gardens and Stargell Commons, Alameda

133 units new construction, including 10 townhomes for first time buyers • Architects: JSW/D Architects (Breakers), Mikiten Architecture (Shinsei), HKIT Architects (Stargell) • General Contractor: Segue Construction (Breakers), Branagh, Inc. (Shinsei and Stargell) • Completed 2006, 2009, 2017

Partnering with the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda over a ten year period, these three developments within the Bayport and Alameda Landing redevelopment areas meet the affordable housing requirements of the area master plan. We coordinated with the master developer, Catellus, and market rate housing developers, The O’Brien Group and TRI Pointe, for the shared infrastructure and to create a well integrated new community.

Fox Courts, Oakland
80 units new construction • Architect: Pyatok architecture + urban design • General Contractor: J.H. Fitzmaurice, Inc. • Completed 2009
This community was made possible through organized community support in coalition with labor, faith and community organizations, to ensure that homes for low-income residents were included in the master planned community developed by Forest City in the arts district of Oakland’s Uptown, near BART, buses, jobs, services, and retail. Street-level retail space includes a café and a family resource center for parents and children.

Supportive Housing

1701 MLK, Oakland

26 units new construction • Architect: Pyatok architecture + urban design • General Contractor: J.H. Fitzmaurice, Inc. • Completed 2015

Studio and one-bedroom units provide independent living for individuals and small families who have experienced homelessness or were at high risk of homelessness. Amenities include a computer and community room and a rooftop deck with community garden, plus offices for on-site supportive services to help people gain self-sufficiency. Located in downtown Oakland near major transit linkages, the location offers great walkability.

University Avenue Homes, Berkeley

74 studio units for adults who were formerly homeless • Architect: Mock/Wallace Architects • General Contractor: FineLine Construction • Renovation completed 2014

In 2014, RCD’s rehabilitation and expansion included major improvements to each apartment and the shared spaces and facilities, the building systems, as well as the exterior and streetscape. The medical clinic, staff kitchen, and resident services office now provides independent spaces uniquely designed for a wide variety of services and activities, from one-on-one counseling to a separate waiting area for consultations and intake, and a kitchen to provide meals during group activities.


Eldridge Gonaway Commons, Oakland

40 units preserved for families • Architect: Struthers Dias Architects • General Contractor: D&H Construction • Renovation completed 2013

RCD acquired this property in a complex transfer of ownership from a defunct non-profit in order to preserve its affordability, restructure the financing, and rehabilitate the seven building apartment complex. The renovation, completed in 2014, gave a dramatic update to the look of the property, with enhanced common area amenities and new green building upgrades that improved water and energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

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Church Lane, San Pablo & Idaho Apartments, El Cerrito

51 affordable units renovated and preserved• Architect: Gelfand Partners Architects • General Contractor: AmOne Corporation • Renovation completed 2019

RCD acquired these two properties in 2014 in order to preserve its affordability and substantially renovate both communities. The rehabilitation work included major building systems upgrades, interior and exterior improvements and updating common amenities. At Idaho Apartments, RCD engaged with the existing residents to plan and execute two murals.

Senior Communities

Berrellesa Palms, Martinez

70 units new construction • Architect: KTGY Group • General Contractor: Segue Construction • Completed 2014

On-site supportive services for very low-income seniors with chronic health conditions and who are at risk of homelessness are provided by specialists in senior care. The design includes universal design and full accessibility features, a multipurpose community room with kitchen, a computer learning center, and a fitness room. A piano room, open lounges, and library encourage small gatherings and community building.

Villa Vasconcellos, Walnut Creek
70 apartments for people age 55 and over • Architect: Van Meter Williams Pollack, LLP • General Contractor: Segue Construction • Completed 2008
Thoughtful design of fully accessible and adaptable units takes advantage of natural light, provides strong visual cues on each floor to help orient residents, and includes porches, balconies, covered entries, and communal courtyards that provide both private and shared outdoor spaces. In tandem with resident services, the design supports RCD’s “aging-in-place” model of independent living as residents’ needs change.

Housing and Health

Mable Howard Senior Apartments, Berkeley

40 units of senior housing co-located with community health care facilities • Architect Herman, Stoller, Colliver • General Contractor: Oliver and Company • Completed 2000

Reflecting a continuum of care model, the ground floor of this senior property houses the Over 60 Health Center operated by LifeLong Medical Care and a Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program operated by the Center for Elders’ Independence. Here, seniors can receive primary medical and dental care, mental health services, case management, and other services in a collaborative program that includes adult care and in-home support services if needed.

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