Major Improvements to happen around the Coliseum
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Many describe life around the Coliseum to be dead. People complain that there is nothing to do after a game but go home, unlike at SBC. But I read in yesterday's paper that near the Coliseum BART Station will be new apartments, condos, and houses to be built along with a trasit village (similar to the one at the Fruitvale BART Station) that will feature retail and restaurants.
Also, there will be a new strip mall on Hegenberger(right down the street from the Arena) that will feature a Wal-Mart, a Starbucks, and other retail and restaurants, They are also newly lanscaping the area to give it a better look with springs, palm trees and improving roads. They are also talking about putting a train station underthe bridge that connects the Coliseum and the BART. Pretty soon, the Coliseum won't be the biggest attraction in that Area.
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Coliseum housing project begins
Transit village near BART to house 382 families in reborn community
By Chauncey Bailey, STAFF WRITER
OAKLAND -- A new community hopes to rise from heaps of dirt and gravel in East Oakland.
Hopeful residents from "the old neighborhood" known as Coliseum Gardens, a razed public housing development, turned up at the site last week among ceremonial orange hard hats, shiny shovels, business suits, music and refreshments.
Built in 1964, the old housing was located in a sagging, crime-ridden industrial area.
In recent years, apartments were demolished through a $34.5 million grant in federal HOPE VI dollars to local housing officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Now residents are making plans to return after an extreme makeover of their neighborhood. Many are confident crime and fear will be replaced by hope and opportunities.
Housing officials broke ground Thursday on the $150 million Coliseum Gardens redevelopment project, which will spur a Transit Village project near the Coliseum BART station and bring hundreds of new rentals and other housing for 382 families to a reborn community.
"Coliseum Gardens reflects our commitment to assuring the availability of quality affordable housing and to providing critical services that help residents achieve economic self-sufficiency," said Jon Gresley, executive director of the Oakland Housing Authority, which oversees public housing in the city.
There will be 350 rental units, 32 first-time homeowner units, a 5-acre park, and 15,000 square feet of social services space as part of a 22-acre site around the 800 block of 69th Avenue, where Thursday's ceremony took place on an vacant lot. The project will create some 122 jobs, officials say.
Plans call for three phases beginning in September and ending in February 2007, said Phil Neville, an OHA development executive. OHA has teamed with the Related Companies of California, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, and Chambers General Construction Company, a minority-owned firm based in East Oakland.
Youth Sounds, a video production team at McClymonds High School, is working on a documentary about the demolition and is recording views of young people in the neighborhood.
Katrina Perry and Nicole Foxx, former Coliseum Gardens residents, returned for the ceremony and said they plan to move back when the new housing is complete.
"I moved out in 2002 after being here 12 years," said Perry. "It was a tight-knit community."
Foxx said she will come back with her 3-year-old son, Keonte. "It's going to be a new community, and we need that in Oakland," said Foxx.
James Pree, 49, and wife Sharon, 45, were residents for 21 years. "This is really going to brighten up East Oakland," said James Pree.
"I'm looking forward to the Lockwood and Coliseum Gardens communities coming together," said Sharon Pree. "And we are going to be homeowners. I've never owned a home. It's a dream come true."
Melanie Shelby, a member of the OHA Board of Commissioners, said many city leaders have failed to do enough in the past to advance economic development in East Oakland.
"I want to see this neighborhood keep its 'look and feel,'" said Shelby