Lake Merritt

Engaging residents in unlocking the potential for the area near the Lake Merritt BART station.

Plan will turn empty lots into a thriving center.

Finally, the neighborhood around the Lake Merritt BART station in Oakland is getting the attention it needs to fulfill its potential as a vibrant city hub.  

In December, the City of Oakland voted unanimously to approve the Lake Merritt Station Area Plan. This plan will increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists, make housing more affordable for residents in the area, reduce pollution and dangerous car traffic, and make the neighborhood more welcoming and vibrant. 

As part of the Great Communities Collaborative, TransForm engaged residents in shaping the plan so it reflects local needs. We also worked closely with community organizations including Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), Asian Health Services (AHS), and East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC).

Making sure all neighbors benefit from the plan.

The next step for TransForm is to ensure that the development encouraged by the new plan doesn’t displace current residents living in the area. To do this, we will continue to work with community organizations to bring people deeply into the development and planning process. We will also continue urging City staff and key elected officials to adopt policies, like an affordable housing impact fee, that will help Oakland enjoy new investments while protecting our neighbors.

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For more information, contact Joel Ramos