Building Chinatown's Legacy for The Transformation of Oakland

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After the past seven year Lake Merritt Station Area Planning Process and a previous development, BART has restarted a development process for two of the blocks in the station areas: (1) Where the BART Station Parking Lot currently is and (2) The MetroCenter Block which currently houses the BART Police as well as Asian Health Services' Administrative Headquarters.

Various stakeholders and supporters would like to establish a hub of activity of the Lake Merritt Station that connects and grows the existing communities, including Chinatown. 

We are encouraging BART to integrate an aggressive platform of community benefits into their new development:

1) Community control of 120,000 square feet of community and non-profit space

2) $1M contribution to Madison Park

3) 200 affordable housing units

Our goal is to establish a distinct “community thumbprint” that extends the legacy and current Asian community core that is Oakland Chinatown. We share a vision of a vibrant community hub that intentionally strengthens the Asian community, helps Chinatown thrive, and engages community voices toward a cohesive and engaged neighborhood and beyond.  It is a holistic vision that will serve as an attractive magnet to and for Chinatown.  This will build ridership, pencil out for BART’s bottom line, and excite, engage, and enthrall the community in true partnership.

We urge BART to commit to this highest community use as a complement to the principle of highest feasibility - a commitment that will signal to the community that we will be able to exert our rights and have the resources to continue to grow, thrive and become a strong and vibrant neighborhood.

Please support our efforts

  • CA Senator Nancy Skinner
  • CA Assemblymember Rob Bonta
  • Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan
  • Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson
  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
  • Oakland City Councilmember Abel Guillen
  • Asian Health Services
  • Asian Immigrant Women’s Advocates
  • Asian Pacific Environmental Network
  • Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership
  • Asian Prisoner Support Committee
  • Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations
  • Buddhist Church of Oakland
  • California Health Care Foundation
  • Chinese American Citizens Alliance-Oakland Lodge
  • Chinatown Community Development Center
  • Chinese Community United Methodist Church
  • Chinese Progressive Association
  • Family Bridges, Inc.
  • Filipino Advocates for Justice
  • Friends of Lincoln Square
  • Institute for Sustainable Economic Educational and Environmental Design
  • New Hope Chinese Cancer Care Foundation
  • New Oakland Pharmacy
  • Oakland Asian Cultural Center
  • OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates: East Bay Chapter
  • Peralta Community College District
  • Public Advocates
  • Wa Sung Community Service Club
  • Lailan Huen
  • Karoleen Feng

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