7th & Campbell, now known as, The Black Panther, is an affordable rental housing development that will be constructed in Oakland, California. All 78 residential units will be reserved for low-income households, 16 of which will be reserved for households with incomes at or below 20% AMI and 8 of which will be ADA accessible. The project will be constructed in a low-income, high-minority, high-poverty census tract where 82% of the population are minorities and 37% live below the poverty line. The project is expected to be competed in December of 2023.
This affordable housing community will consist of a five-story apartment building with residential, community, and commercial spaces. Situated just three blocks from Bay Area Rapid Transit, the development is a transit-oriented community with convenient access to downtown Oakland, San Francisco, and the entire Bay Area. The building will yield 76,290 square feet, creating 48,420 square feet for residential use, 9,000 square feet of common open space, and 16,750 square feet of commercial area that will include a fitness center, grocery store, restaurant, and incubator business space.
Oakland & the World Enterprises (OAW) and McCormack Baron Salazar (MBS) are co-developers on this project. One of their goal is for the project to act as a model for equitable development and open doors to opportunity through integrated housing, business and job development, open space, green energy, public transportation, and supportive services for marginalized populations. OAW and MBS hope that this project will jumpstart the revitalization of the 7th Street corridor, a once vibrant, thriving Black corridor that has been blighted for more than 30 years. The co-developers plan to use Black and minority subcontractors who have been systematically denied opportunities in the past.
OAW additionally plans for the commercial businesses moving into the development to be run by people who would typically have difficulty finding work and will support the businesses until they can sustain themselves. The development’s grocery store is intended to serve West Oakland which has long been classified as a food dessert. Additionally, West Oakland Farms, a local urban farm, is slated to move into the second level of the complex, selling produce inside the grocery store and restaurant, and a demonstration urban garden at the East end of the site will offer produce for the grocery store and restaurant.
Once the development is complete, the Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) organization will offer supportive services at the property to residents. BOSS is an award-winning non-profit organization that provides solutions to mass homelessness, mass incarceration, and community violence, with programs located across Alameda County that serve families and individuals experiencing crisis and systemic inequity. BOSS programs fall into the three general categories of Housing Security, Re-entry & Justice, and Neighborhood Impact Hubs.
7th & Campbell has various sustainable elements incorporated into its design. Approximately 20,000 square feet of solar panels will be installed on the roof to generate clean energy to the community and make the development a nearly net-zero building. Other green features include energy efficient appliances, elevators, and building mechanical systems.