Merritt Crossing Senior Apartments transforms a vacant underutilized property into a vibrant community asset and comfortable home for seniors with incomes between 30 and 50 percent of median, with over half of its 70 apartments set-aside for seniors who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness, living with HIV/AIDS or challenged by mental health illnesses. The project has also received 50 project-based Section 8 vouchers that will ensure that the apartments are affordable to seniors with even lower incomes, including those living on SSI.

The building is ideally situated with easy access to amenities and services in the nearby Chinatown, downtown Oakland and Jack London neighborhoods. Lake Merritt BART is just two blocks away and a variety of grocery stores, senior centers, parks, shopping, and medical services are all within ½ mile. On-site amenities and common areas offer include a large community room with a equipped TV area, computer lab, kitchen, and meeting tables; a beautifully landscaped courtyard and community gardens; laundry facilities; and property management and services offices. High speed internet will also be provided at no cost to the residents.

Merritt Crossing incorporates numerous green building measures and sustainable design features such as installation of a solar hot water heating system and PV electric system, ENERGY STAR appliances, and low flow plumbing fixtures; the use of natural and recycled flooring materials, no VOC paints and adhesives; drought tolerant and native landscaping in the exterior courtyard; and construction waste recycling. The project will achieve a rare 200 points from Build It Green’s GreenPoint Rated certification program and an impressive LEED for Homes Platinum rating in addition to Bay Friendly Landscaping and ESTAR certifications.