Groundbreaking for Renovation of Historic California Hotel

Published On July 27, 2012 | By Rob Arias | News & Commentary, Planning & Development

If you’ve driven through the south end of San Pablo Ave into neighboring Oakland recently, you’ll notice that there’s quite a bit happening. A new overpass mural, a great new Barbecue place and now, hopefully, a residential anchor that will help transform this neglected neighborhood into a more pedestrian-friendly part of town. Is Emeryville’s success finally “bleeding over” to our neighbors?

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) has been tasked with converting the national landmark that has accommodated famed artists such as James Brown, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday & Aretha Franklin into affordable housing. The nonprofit developer is renovating the West Oakland hotel to improve the living conditions for current residents and to expand to 137 low-income housing units. Currently, 29 people live in the hotel and the upgrades will be done in phases so they can remain in their homes. | Oakland Tribune »

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is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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