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Redevelopment Successor Agency
As of February 1, 2012, the City of Oakland Redevelopment Agency ceased to exist. The new Redevelopment Successor Agency, housed within the Project Implementation Division, was created to wind down and complete the activities of the former Redevelopment Agency.
History: Dissolution of Redevelopment
On June 29, 2011 Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation eliminating redevelopment agencies (RDAs) and directing the resolution of their activities while simultaneously creating an alternative voluntary redevelopment program. These bills, titled ABx1 26 and ABx1 27 respectively were sent to the State’s highest court for further consideration.
On December 29, 2011, the California Supreme Court delivered its decision in the California Redevelopment Association v. Matosantos case, finding AB1x26 constitutional and AB1x 27 unconstitutional.
The Court’s decision effectively dissolved all RDAs, as of February 1, 2012, under the constitutional Dissolution Act. Further no RDA will have the opportunity to opt into continued existence under the unconstitutional Alternative Redevelopment Program Act.
As of February 1, 2012, the City of Oakland Redevelopment Agency ceased to exist. The Redevelopment Successor Agency has been created to complete the activities of the former Redevelopment Agency.
Finding of Completion
Archives: Oakland Redevelopment Agency
The Oakland Redevelopment Agency, created on October 10, 1956 managed numerous projects and programs within eight active Redevelopment Project Areas in the City of Oakland. Some of the Agency's best known projects were the rehabilitation of the Paramount and Fox Theaters, the Tribune Towers, Fruitvale Transit Village, the Rotunda building, Preservation Park, City Center, the Marriott Hotel and the Oakland Convention Center, and the Uptown Arts & Entertainment District. The agency was also responsible for hundreds of neighborhood infrastructure, business and property improvements and helped in the development of thousands of affordable housing units.
The links provided below will take you to the respective area pages for further information about the former Redevelopment Agency Project Areas.
- Broadway/MacArthur/San Pablo
- Central District
- Central City East
- Oak Center
- Oak Knoll
- Oakland Army Base
- Stanford Adeline
- West Oakland
The primary goal of redevelopment was to eliminate blight. Redevelopment plans were created for each area and included the purpose, goals and objectives for eliminating physical and economic blight, a legal description of the project area in written and graphic form and a description of land use, the proposed actions and authority of the redevelopment agency, the rights of owners and tenants, information about financing the plan and an implementation plan
Certain Redevelopment Project Areas worked closely with a Project Area Committee (PAC), a group of community members from the project area who played a key role in setting the direction of area projects.
The future of Redevelopment Project Area Committees are still being determined. Please check back for updates.
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Redevelopment Agency Success Stories
Farley’s East: Open in Spring 2009 in the Uptown district, Farley's East specializes in selling quality brewed coffee, espresso drinks, pastries, whole beans and magazines. Owners Amy and Chris Hillyard have created a gathering spot for neighborhood residents, community groups and local artists.
The business received a $100,000 Broadway Corridor loan for tenant improvements to transform the previously vacant space to a coffeehouse/eatery. The owners expanded the space, adding a mezzanine open to customers and a meeting space available for community groups. Farley’s East also received $30,000 in tenant and façade improvement grants. Farley’s has created seven full-time jobs.
Revolution Foods: This food service contractor located in the Coliseum redevelopment area relocated its Northern California and Corporate Headquarters from Alameda in late March 2009.
The new location, a former warehouse, has allowed the company to expand its operations to meet the increasing demand for tasty and healthy meals and nutrition education for schools and programs in Northern California. Revolution Foods received a $249,500 Coliseum Redevelopment loan to support the build-out of the new facility. The company also received a $45,000 tenant improvement grant from the Oakland Redevelopment Agency. Since its relocation, Revolution has increased its hourly payroll at its Oakland location from 59 to 100 employees.
One Toyota Oakland: Through a competitive process, owners Brian McCafferty and Brad Barnett won the right to own and operate Oakland’s newest Toyota dealership, housed in a recently constructed automotive facility. The highly visible business, near Hegenberger Road, was approved for a $249,500 Coliseum Area Redevelopment loan for capital improvements, and received facade and tenant improvement grants from the Redevelopment Agency totaling $90,000. One Toyota has 104 full time employees.
Premier Organics: The Oakland-based specialty nut-butter producer relocated into a Coliseum area 20,000-square-foot facility, the former Mother’s Cookies production plant, which allowed the Company to expand its operations, improve food safety and consolidate its corporate functions and warehouse space. Premier received a $175,000 Coliseum Area Redevelopment loan for the build-out of the new location along with a $45,000 tenant improvement grant from the Redevelopment Agency.