Draft environmental impact report released for California College of the Arts (CCA) project

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California Construction News staff writer

The City of Oakland has published the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on California College of the Arts (CCA) Oakland Campus Redevelopment Project, in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

CEQA requires state and local agencies to identify the significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts, if feasible.

Comments will be accepted until Feb.26 and can be presented publicly at the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board public hearing on Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. and the planning commission public hearing on Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. For information on how to submit public comments, see the Notice of Availability.

The Draft EIR assesses potential physical environmental impacts that could result from construction, recommends mitigation measures to lessen or eliminate adverse impacts, examines feasible alternatives to the Project, and is intended to inform City of Oakland decision makers, other responsible agencies, and the general public.

The CCA project proposal includes:

  • Demolition of 10 of 12 buildings and grounds associated with the historic District (API).
  • Preservation and rehabilitation of the portion of the API designated as the Treadwell Estate a City of Oakland Landmark. This includes Macky Hall and Carriage House which would be re-purposed for commercial and community use.
  • Retention of portions of the Treadwell Estate landscape features as part of private open space with public access including the Macky Lawn, Broadway wall, steps, and a View Corridor from Macky hall to the intersection of Boadway and College Avenue.
  • Development of 448 residential units in two buildings with maximum heights of 95 feet,
  • 6,631 square feet of new ground floor commercial space on Broadway
  • New outdoor public use areas along with enhancements to site access and installation of new landscaping.

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