The Brooklyn Basin project (formerly “Oak to 9th”) refers to the 64-acre development project along Oakland’s waterfront.
In July of 2006, the Oak to 9th Community Benefits Coalition capped off a three-year organizing and advocacy effort with Oakland City Council’s approval of a Development Agreement for this 3100-unit condominium development. Urban Strategies Council serves as co-coordinator of this Coalition in partnership with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, and decision-making membership is made up of three resident-member-based organizations representing the Chinatown, Eastlake, and Lower San Antonio neighborhoods, which are immediately adjacent to the Brooklyn Basin project site.
The final deal includes a separate agreement between the City and the Coalition that commits to the construction of at least 465 units of housing affordable to families and seniors with annual incomes between $20,000 and $50,000. The project also includes an innovative job training and local hiring provision that establishes a pipeline for training and long-term placement in the unionized construction sector, tailored especially to immigrant workers and formerly incarcerated persons.