3135 San Pablo Avenue

St. Mary’s Center, a 50-year-old community of hope, healing and justice, and Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) have partnered to create housing in West Oakland for seniors who have experienced homelessness. 


SAHA and St. Mary’s Center


Oakland, CA


60,547 SF


Targeting GreenPoint Gold Rating & All Electric Building


LMSA for renderings


The overall goal for the new development is to create a sustainable community asset that provides quality permanent supportive housing to formerly homeless and very low income seniors and contributes to the San Pablo Corridor neighborhood of West Oakland. The development parcels are directly across from Saint Andrews Plaza and across San Pablo Avenue from where St. Mary’s operates a senior center and preschool. The project is also adjacent to two senior buildings owned and managed by SAHA: St. Andrews Manor and Monarch Homes. The project will include a mix of 72 studio and one-bedroom units, a podium courtyard, and resident-serving common areas and offices. 

LMSA is partnering with Hood Design Studio as the landscape architect. The building will be all electric, is pursuing Greenpoint Rated Gold, and exploring ways in which the community room can act as a resiliency hub for the residents. After completing a couple of community meetings in the summer of 2021, the project is currently entitled with the City of Oakland through the SB-35 program and looking to start construction in 2024.

“Decades ago, the San Pablo Avenue Corridor was a largely African-American neighborhood with a thriving business, music, and cultural scene. Years of disinvestment in housing, schools and jobs have resulted in abandoned housing, vacant lands, and a neighborhood more often associated with crime than its rich history or its community assets. Oakland is undergoing rapid changes that include new economic development and rising housing prices. These changes bring both opportunities and risks for the Corridor’s neighborhoods, attracting new investments but also creating economic pressure.”

San Pablo Area Revitalization Collaborative (SPARC)