Terraza Palmera at St. Joseph’s | Oakland, CA

Dynamic Urban Neighborhood Revitalization: Phase II


Terraza Palmera is the second phase of the redevelopment of the historic St. Joseph’s property and comprises 62 one, two and three-bedroom affordable family rental units. It is directly adjacent to the newly completed St. Joseph’s Senior Apartments. Terraza Palmera plans to include amenities such as a spacious community room facing a courtyard garden and sunny lobby areas with seating. The buildings have been designed in keeping with the historic nature of the St. Joseph ’s site.

In two phases the redevelopment effectively addresses urban neighborhood revitalization by reusing an underused infill site, increasing density, replacing obsolete infrastructure, and mitigating physical blight. The property is located at the edge of a predominantly commercial/industrial-zoned area bounded by medium-density housing. Restoring the site to residential use has helped alleviate land use conflicts between the residential and industrial edges in this area and continues the trend of converting more underused and vacant infill sites to high-density residential uses creating a safer environment with adequate lighting and enhanced activity at the street level after business hours.


  • Historic Tax Credit Development
  • 142 Green Point Rated Score
  • Solar Thermal Domestic Water Pre-heat System
  • New Type 5 Wood Frame 4 story Structure over Concrete Subteranean Parking Garage
  • 4 Renovated Historic Brick Masonry Structures & Reconstructed Brick Site Wall
  • Pedestrian Friendly Unit Entry Stoops to Increase Neighborhood Safety


  • AIASF – Honor Award, Historic Preservation, 2014
  • ULI – Winner of 2015 Global Award for Excellence
  • San Francisco Business Times – Finalist, Best Affordable Residential, Outside San Francisco, 2014
  • Golden Nugget – Grand Award, Best Affordable 30-60 du/acre, 2014
  • ULI – Finalist, Global Awards for Excellence, 2013


  • Client: BRIDGE Housing
  • Building size:
    1 New Type 5: 94,274 sq.ft. 4
    Renovated: 13,246 sq. ft.
  • Density: 62 units
  • Completion: Fall 2013

Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP