The Unity Council’s Real Estate Development Department has been working hard all summer and would love to share the latest renderings, proposed courtyard and landscaping design, and updated floor plans for the new affordable housing and commercial real estate development located at 2700 International Blvd.
Below you will find updated renderings and brief descriptions of the areas that received the most interest in the first community survey, including:
- the site
- the courtyard
- and street views
If you have any feedback for us, please click on the following button and answer our 2-minute survey. We look forward to continuing to work with you to create a design that you’ll be proud to have in your community.
Shown here is the current design of the ground floor. Commercial space, office, and residential lobby line International Boulevard, with a gated interior parking garage, tucked behind it. The enlarged public sidewalk along International is flanked with trees.
The elevated green courtyard on the podium includes covered gathering space overlooking International Boulevard, while the community garden planters offer solace near the rear. A sturdy trellis provides the courtyard privacy and a sound buffer to residential neighbors below.
These views of the building along International show the warm brick façade’s diamond pattern, a texture from differing brick thicknesses, mixed with a natural color palette. The glazed storefronts incorporate mosaics from local artists and provide transparency to the sidewalk.
To see previous renderings click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
1) WHAT IS AFFORDABLE HOUSING?
Most people call housing “affordable” when they don’t have to choose between paying rent and buying groceries, when they don’t have to live in crowded or unhealthy conditions, and when they can afford a home that provides a sense of security and community.
Policymakers and advocates call housing “affordable” when a household pays no more than 30% of its total income for housing costs (rent or mortgage payment, insurance, taxes, and utilities).
2) WHO WILL LIVE HERE?
2700 International will be affordable to families and individuals with incomes at or below 60% of the area median income. In Alameda County, this means about $54,000 for an individual or $78,000 for a family of four.
Rents will range from $734 to $1762 depending on household and unit size.
3) PROJECT TIMELINE
|Begin community engagement / Website live||June 2020|
|Survey follow-up and small group meetings for interested stakeholders||June/July 2020|
|Present final preliminary design to community||July 2020|
|Submit design application to City planning department||July 2020|
|Secure entitlements||Dec 2020|
|Secure construction funds||Jan 2021 – Oct 2022|
|Construction start||March 2023|
|Construction completion||July 2024|
|100% occupancy||Oct 2024|