Oakland, CA

Merritt Crossing provides high-density, transit-oriented, affordable apartments and services for low-income seniors with incomes between 30 and 50 percent of the area median. Over half of the apartments are set aside for seniors who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, living with HIV/AIDS, or challenged by mental illness.  

The non-institutional design combines colorful siding and panels with plants growing on wire mesh screens to compliment the neighborhood's eclectic pan-Asian residential character.  

The 70-unit building includes on-site supportive services, management offices, a community room, community kitchen, and a landscaped courtyard and garden. The building's innovative sustainable systems include both photoelectric power and solar water heating, storm water retention, filtered ventilation, rainscreen facades and recyclable metal framing.  


AIA National Housing Award
AIACC Merit Award
AIACC COTE Top Ten Green Project
AIA East Bay Regional Design Honor Award "Exceptional Residential"
Selected to be featured in "Design for Aging Review"
Anticipating LEED Platinum
Bay-Friendly, GreenPoint and Energy Star Rated