Makers' Gardens
Makers' Gardens
Repurposing of the California College of the Arts Campus



The California College of the Arts (CCA) at 5212 Broadway in Oakland will be unifying its programs and operations at a newly expanded San Francisco campus by academic year 2021-22. Through an extensive proposal process, CCA selected the team of Emerald Fund and Equity Community Builders to envision a future for the existing Oakland campus that will benefit the Oakland community and honor CCA’s arts legacy.

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Proposed Vision

The vision for the site – which honors and recreates the historic setting – is centered upon 1.5 acres of community open space and offers a host of on-site public amenities including communal gathering spots, a sculpture garden, a green common, and a pedestrian promenade culminating in an overlook offering panoramic views of downtown Oakland, the Golden Gate Bridge and everything in between.

Inspired by Mayor Libby Schaaf’s vision of helping artists to continue living and working in Oakland and CCA’s nearly 100-year legacy of arts education on the site, the development proposal would support Oakland’s artistic community through affordable homes, workspaces and office space reserved for artists and arts non-profit organizations. Under the plan, a freshman residence hall would be converted into 35 permanent, deeply affordable homes for artists. Visitors would be welcomed to the site with arts space lining the street at the intersection of Broadway and Clifton. A National Historic Register Victorian mansion, currently known as Macky Hall, would be re-purposed into affordable office space for arts non-profits, much like Preservation Park. An Arts Walk along Clifton Street, as well as a publicly accessible sculpture garden, would be created.

As an excellent example of transit-oriented development, the project would provide residential, arts and leisure spaces near public transportation. The site is located a 12-minute walk, only 0.6 miles, from the Rockridge BART station. AC Transit provides frequent bus service along Broadway and College Avenue, offering excellent access throughout Oakland and on to neighboring Berkeley, East Bay, and San Francisco destinations.


In addition to providing much needed housing, our goal is to open the site up to the community and create a place where neighbors will gather and engage with one another, much like Temescal Alley or First Fridays.”



Proposed Project Details

5212 Broadway, Oakland

·       Total size of site – 4 acres

·       Publicly accessible community gathering space – 1.5 acres

·       589 homes, including 35 deeply affordable homes for artists

·       Affordable art space/live-work space – over 24,000 square feet

·       Affordable office space for arts non-profits – 6,300 square feet

·       The preservation and re-creation of an historic precinct

·       Three significant historic buildings and a grand historic staircase refurbished and preserved

·       Garage parking spaces – 0.64 to 0.76 spaces per unit

·       Bike parking spaces – 590

·       Four perimeter residential buildings – 5 to 8 floors

·       A taller residential element rising from one perimeter building – 19 total floors


Site History

CCA was founded in 1907 to provide an education that integrates theory and practice in the arts. Originally established in Berkeley, the college moved to the Oakland campus in 1926 and opened a San Francisco campus in 1986. Today CCA has about 2,000 students with over two-thirds located at the San Francisco campus.




In 2017, Emerald Fund and ECB met with a broad array of stakeholders and community organizations in an effort to formulate goals for the legacy property. The resulting vision included creating new housing, opening the site up to the public, promoting the arts, retaining historic buildings and minimizing traffic impacts. In subsequent months, the design team honed and refined the project plans to help bring about the proposed vision.

During fall 2018, Emerald Fund, ECB and the design team shared the proposed vision with numerous community stakeholder groups in advance of submitting an entitlement application to the City of Oakland and beginning the environmental review process later this year. The CEQA review process will likely take 18-24 months. Public hearings on the project are not anticipated until 2020, with construction starting in 2021-22 and first occupancy occurring in 2024.

Spring – Summer 2017: CCA Community Outreach

·       CCA stakeholder outreach and engagement – administration, faculty and alumni

Fall 2017: Oakland Community Outreach

·       Community stakeholder outreach and interviews

·       Presentations at community group meetings

·       First at-large community meeting

Spring – Summer 2018: Prepare Proposed Vision

·       Project team prepares proposed vision for site based on community feedback

Fall 2018: Share Vision and Submit Entitlement Application

·       Presentations at community group meetings

·       Second at-large community meeting – present proposed vision

·       Submit entitlement application for project

Winter 2018 – 2020: Formal City Review Process

·       Begin environmental and project review

  • City Planning Commission, Wednesday, Aug 21, 6pm, City Council Chambers

·       Distribute quarterly project updates to interested community members via email

·       City of Oakland hold public hearings on project (est. 2020)


Community Outreach

The project team is committed to community input in the planning process. The City’s CEQA and Planning review process is expected to last about two years, with construction anticipated to begin in 2021 or early 2022. Check here for project updates and the latest design documents.

Upcoming Meetings

Notice of Preparation (NOP)
The City of Oakland's Planning and Building Department, Bureau of Planning, is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the California College of the Arts (CCA) and Clifton Hall Redevelopment Project (the Project) and is requesting comments on the scope and content of the EIR. The EIR will address the potential physical and environmental effects that the Project may have on each of the environmental topics outlined in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The public is invited to comment on the Notice of Preparation until August 23, 2019. There will also be two public hearings on the NOP:

- Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board, Monday, September 23, 6pm, Oakland City Council Chambers

- City Planning Commission, Wednesday, October 16, 6pm, Oakland City Council Chambers

Public Meeting Materials

November 27, 2018 Presentation

January 17, 2019 RCPC Presentation

Please visit the Contact section to sign-up to receive electronic meeting invites.

CCA Campus Planning

For more information on CCA’s work at its San Francisco campus, please visit