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Oakland Residents: Demand Real Community Benefits!

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Thanks to your support, we won about half a million dollars in community benefits from Bay Development for the Malonga Center for the Arts and the affordable housing units there, the re-installation of the Alice Street Mural to Laney College, and a fund for parking mitigation!

We now need your help winning meaningful community benefits at the project across the street at 226 13th Street, a 262-unit 100% market-rate development with rents as high as $4,500 per unit.  The City has failed again to secure community givebacks on this major development taking up an entire city block in the heart of our neighborhoods.

Please come out to the Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, June 1st at 6pm at City Hall Council Chambers to voice your concerns!

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The Oakland Planning Commission just approved a project at Alice & 14th Street by Bay Development that would take away parking from surrounding businesses, residents, staff and attendees of the City's Malonga Casquelourd Arts Center, cover up a beautiful new $80,000 community mural, and not provide affordable housing or significant family units for existing residents.

The development *doubles* the allowed height to 16 stories and reduced parking requirements, which allows the City to ask for community benefits as givebacks.  But the City failed to advocate for the residents. 

Since City staff and officials didn't do their jobs to ensure that this market-rate development meets the community's needs, it's up to us, the people of Oakland, to make sure that Bay Development commits to our demands in writing:

1) Finance or fundraise 100% of replacement mural costs.

2) Dedicate the ground floor of the parking garage to Malonga Arts Center staff and patrons, to support the continued flourishing of its many dance and music classes offered to the community, as the heart of the newly designated Black Arts Movement Cultural and Business District.

3) Make at least 15% of the units affordable to families earning less than $64,000, according to the Lake Merritt Specific Area Plan.  That means setting rent at $1,600 or below for at least 18 of the 126 units.  Increase the number of 3-bedroom family units from 2 to 15 so that families can stay in Oakland.  Not creating housing for families hurts our Oakland schools.

Bay Development, and all developers, should be working with neighborhoods to meet the community's needs and requests if they want to continue developing in Oakland and benefiting from our public and cultural resources.

Bay Development: Show your good faith by signing an MOU with the above items included!

Help us raise the $2,200 needed to file a legal challenge to appeal the decision to the City Council!  If the developer doesn't meet our demands, we will publicly challenge the City's failure to meet this neighborhood's needs: https://www.gofundme.com/xyn67r9t

Also, join us for a march from the mural to City Hall on Thursday, February 11th gathering at 11:30am to file the appeal! https://www.facebook.com/events/663838503755662

#KeepOaklandCreative #HousingJustice #FairTransitAccess

#DevelopmentWithoutDisplacement #SupportMalonga



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