Frank G. Mar Apartments
Frank G. Mar Community Housing is a mixed-use development that is home to about 300 adults and children. Completed in 1990, it was built as a response to the need for affordable homes in Chinatown and Downtown and Oakland's expanding Asian American community. The homes were designed for a range of family sizes, with three and four bedroom apartments to accommodate larger households, as well as one bedroom units for seniors. Frank G. Mar Community Housing helped to revitalize the downtown commercial district by adding a resident population of about 300 adults and children, 12,500 sq ft of neighborhood serving retail, child care space and public parking.
The building is named after Reverand Frank G. Mar, one of EBALDC's founders. For 20 years he served as pastor of the Chinese Presbyterian Church. He also helped to establish many social service agencies that continue to benefit the community.
- Joint-venture Partner: BRIDGE Housing, Inc.
- Architect: MacDonald Architects and Gary Gee Associates
- Contractor: James E. Roberts/Ohbayashi Corporation
First Republic Bank; City of Oakland - Redevelopment Agency; City of Oakland - HoDAG; Department of Housing and Urban Development; Federal Housing Development Action Grant (HoDAG); Federal Home Loan Bank SF; Wells Fargo Bank (AHP); Citibank; Mission First Financial; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Community Services; City of Oakland - Off-Street Parking Funds
- 2006 MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing. Third Place, Property & Asset Management
- Presidential Design Award, 1992 National Endowment for the Arts. Highest Awards in Design
- Fannie Mae Foundation Maxwell Award of Excellence, 1992. National recognition for innovative approaches in meeting housing needs of low-income Americans
- PCBC Gold Nugget Award, 1991. Best in the West-Best Affordable Housing Development
- American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Oakland Design Advocates Oakland Orchid. Orchids & Onions Award Program, 1992
- National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) National Award in Project Design, 1992
- United Nations International Year of Shelter for the Homeless, Building and Social Housing Foundation. BSHF World Habitat Award, 1990 “A project offering sustainable futures to residents which provides practical and imaginative solutions to current housing programs in developed and developing countries.”
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