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Acorn Project Area
Adjacent to downtown Oakland, the Acorn Redevelopment Area is one of the oldest redevelopment areas in the city. About half of this area is zoned commercial/industrial and half residential.
The goals of the Acorn Redevelopment Area were to eliminate blight, to create new residential units for low- to moderate-income families, to rehabilitate industrial properties, and to promote development of new retail facilities. These goals have basically been achieved. Today, the primary activity in the redevelopment area is focused at the Jack London Gateway Center.
The area’s major redevelopment activity occurred from the mid-1950s to the 1980s. Existing single-family houses were demolished, and traditional neighborhoods were reconfigured to create dense multi-family rental housing. Redevelopment also included the construction of I-980, a major freeway route linking I-880 to I-580 and Downtown Oakland to Highway 24.
- ACORN Development Rehabilitation—293 refurbished, redeisnged rental units; 83 single-family homes
- Jack London Gateway Shopping Center—Community-serving grocery store, other services, fast food restaurants
- Jack London Gateway Senior Housing Project —57 one-bedroom and 3 two-bedroom affordable apartments
Noteworthy Private Development
- Mohr Housing Development—Rehabilitation to correct major blighting conditions and assure long-term affordability
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