Fruitvale Transit Village

Location: Oakland, CA

Project Type:

The Fruitvale Transit Village mixed-use urban project enlivens Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood with new development and connects the BART station with the community’s main commercial street. Retail stores, restaurants, community facilities, and apartments surround a central urban plaza. As the Associate Landscape Architect, PGAdesign worked closely with other design team members to realize the plaza, which celebrates California’s Spanish and Mediterranean influences while serving as a hub between two large development parcels.

PGAdesign preserved the original plaza vision of fountains, colorful tiles, ornamental railings, and seating, despite budget constraints. The plaza quickly became the vibrant community asset that the designers and community groups had envisioned. This precedent-setting project established Fruitvale Transit Village as a model for other Bay Area transit project designs. When Fruitvale Village opened in May 2004, newspapers, environmental groups, and government officials all lined up to hail the project as a national model for “smart growth.”

Awards

2005 Best Mixed-Used Community by National Association of Home Builders

2005 Merit Award by Golden Nugget

2005 Grand Award by Builder’s Choice

2003 Best Mixed-Use Project (SF Business Times)

Quotemark

East Bay Express

Location: Oakland, CA

Project Type: Commercial Housing

The Fruitvale Transit Village mixed-use urban project enlivens Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood with new development and connects the BART station with the community’s main commercial street. Retail stores, restaurants, community facilities, and apartments surround a central urban plaza. As the Associate Landscape Architect, PGAdesign worked closely with other design team members to realize the plaza, which celebrates California’s Spanish and Mediterranean influences while serving as a hub between two large development parcels.

PGAdesign preserved the original plaza vision of fountains, colorful tiles, ornamental railings, and seating, despite budget constraints. The plaza quickly became the vibrant community asset that the designers and community groups had envisioned. This precedent-setting project established Fruitvale Transit Village as a model for other Bay Area transit project designs. When Fruitvale Village opened in May 2004, newspapers, environmental groups, and government officials all lined up to hail the project as a national model for “smart growth.”

Awards

2005 Best Mixed-Used Community by National Association of Home Builders

2005 Merit Award by Golden Nugget

2005 Grand Award by Builder’s Choice

2003 Best Mixed-Use Project (SF Business Times)

Quotemark

East Bay Express