Update on the Proposed Development at 2700 International Blvd. – The Unity Council

Update on the Proposed Development at 2700 International Blvd.

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.

Site

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.

Courtyard

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.

Street Views

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

MilestoneAnticipated Date
Begin community engagement / Website liveJune 2020
Survey follow-up and small group meetings for interested stakeholdersJune/July 2020
Present final preliminary design to communityJuly 2020
Submit design application to City planning departmentJuly 2020
Secure entitlementsDec 2020
Secure construction fundsJan 2021 – Oct 2022
Construction startMarch 2023
Construction completionJuly 2024
100% occupancyOct 2024

Development Team Overview