LATEST NEWS CASA ARABELLA A FINALIST FOR ULI AMERICAS EXCELLENCE AWARD May 07, 2021

This week the Urban Land Institute (ULI) announced Casa Arabella as one of 23 finalist developments for its 2021 Awards of Excellence for the Americas region.

Casa Arabella is the first phase of expansion to the nationally-recognized Fruitvale Transit Village in east Oakland. Casa Arabella includes flats and townhomes for families, as well as dedicated units and case management services for formerly homeless U.S. military veterans. Nearly all of the project’s 94 units open onto one of three courtyards, and townhomes along East 12th Street include ground-level patios. The transit-oriented project was designed in conjunction with extensive community engagement, and includes an accessible pathway along its BART frontage and a pedestrian paseo facing the to-be-developed Phase II project.

The ULI Americas award recognizes excellence in the entire development process, in which design and architecture play a significant role. Casa Arabella was made possible by the project’s development partners, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) and Fruitvale-based The Unity Council, with critical project support from Tableau Development.  

Casa Arabella was the only California project to become a finalist in this year’s awards. Winners of the regional awards (including Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions) will be announced in the summer and become finalists for the 2021 ULI Global Awards for Excellence celebrated at the ULI Fall Meeting in October.

Photography by David Wakely. Main courtyard shown above with landscape architecture by PGAdesign.

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