Eden Housing Opens Corsair Flats Affordable Community as Part of $1B Mixed-Use Project in Alameda, California

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Eden Housing, along with the City of Alameda and Alameda Point Partners, has opened Corsair Flats in Alameda, a suburb of Oakland.

The new affordable residential community features 60 residential units for low-income seniors age 62 and up.

It is the first of two affordable residential communities to be completed by Eden Housing at Alameda Point’s Site A. The $1 billion, mixed-use, transit-oriented, waterfront development is located on the site of the former Naval Air Station Alameda, which closed over 20 years ago.

KTGY Architecture + Planning is the architect and designer of both the senior and family residential communities.

“It is incredibly fitting that this development, the first new housing to open at the former Naval Air Station Alameda since the base closed in 1997, sets aside 28 units for veterans exiting homelessness,” says Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft.

The second residential community is a 70-unit rental community targeting low-income families, which is scheduled for completion in early 2022 and situated adjacent to the senior housing community.

“Located on the San Francisco Bay within close proximity to a future ferry stop, the entire Alameda Point master plan anticipates sea-level rise,” says Jessica Musick, principal in KTGY’s Oakland office. “As a result, all structured parking is above grade and located behind active use or residential units.”

The path to redevelopment started in 1997 when the Navy suspended operations at NAS Alameda and the City of Alameda adopted its first five-year implementation plan for Alameda Point in 1999. Ten years later, the Department of the Navy relinquished its control of the former NAS Alameda to the City of Alameda.

In November 2014, Alameda Point Partners was chosen as the developer for the 68-acre parcel known as Site A. The project is set to include 800 housing units with a mix of retail and office space, as well as new streets, sidewalks, parks and a ferry terminal.

The senior apartment community includes 48 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom apartment homes targeting households earning between 20 percent and 60 percent of the Alameda County area median income. Thirty units will serve seniors experiencing homelessness, of which 28 are set aside for veterans exiting homelessness through California’s Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program.

Supportive services will be delivered to the residents through a collaboration between Operation Dignity, Eden Housing Resident Services Inc. and the VA.

Inspiration for the name of the apartments came from the U.S. Navy Vought F4U Corsair airplane on display nearby.