The Oakland City Council adopted the Lake Merritt Station Area Plan and Design Guidelines and certified the associated Environmental Impact Report on November 18, 2014. The Planning Code amendments, Zoning Maps, and Height Maps were adopted on December 9.
The Lake Merritt Station Area is one of the most culturally and geographically diverse districts in the Bay Area, centered on the Lake Merritt BART station, adjacent to downtown Oakland, and encompassing Chinatown and major institutions such as regional governmental offices, courts, and Laney College. The Plan builds on extensive community feedback to articulate a roadmap for future development, continued revitalization and economic growth, and community enhancement. The Plan establishes a long-range vision for a high-intensity neighborhood, including the addition of 4,900 housing units and about 1.6 million square feet of new retail and office space. The Plan seeks to create an activity core around a rejuvenated Lake Merritt BART station, while reinforcing and integrating the area’s cultural and historic resources and community character.