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Oak Knoll Project Area
*This page is provided as an historical reference. Redevelopment project areas were dissolved on February 1, 2012. Please follow this link for current projects.
The Oak Knoll project area, neglected since 1996, was severely blighted with more than 100 abandoned and decaying structures. Within the past year, all but a few structures, including the former hospital, have been abated and demolished. Agency staff and City officials continue to work with SunCal, Lehman Brothers, the bankruptcy court and the community to secure the property and manage vegetation.
Oak Knoll was a golf course from the 1920s until 1941, when the U.S. government took over the site at the onset of World War II and converted it into the Naval Medical Hospital Oakland. The Naval Hospital was decommissioned in 1996 and the City of Oakland designated Oak Knoll as a Redevelopment Project Area.
In 2006, SunCal Companies--operating as SunCal Oak Knoll, LLC--purchased 167 acres of Oak Knoll from the U.S. government for $100.5 million through a public auction. Of the remaining property, the Oakland Redevelopment Agency owns roughly five-and-a-half acres. In November 2008, SunCal Oak Knoll, LLC filed for bankruptcy as did many other major development projects funded by Lehman Brothers. Agency staff and City officials have maintained contact with the developer with the hope of someday resuming the entitlement and development process of this highly valued property.
Established: 1998 (Merged with Central City East in 2006)
Boundaries: Keller Avenue, Golf Links Road, I-580
Size: 183 acres
- Blight Report
- Oak Knoll Redevelopment Plan - 1998
- Oak Knoll Redevelopment Plan - 1998 (Table of Contents)
- Oak Knoll Redevelopment Plan Ordinance