Who is oWow?
oWow is an Oakland based company committed to building affordability and jobs that strengthen neighborhoods by revitalizing unoccupied buildings and vacant land. The team at oWow is focused on creating innovative, affordable homes for the workforce to stay local and support thriving communities.
Work/Live Units: 91 work/live units designed to meet the most traditional definition of work/live layouts, with spaces up to 2,200 SF and up to 15 employees, perfect for small businesses, makers and light industrial manufacturing. Each unit boasts very large bona fide work spaces and 16 foot high ceilings, large double doors and paths for freight loading, and complete ADA accessibility for potential employees or clients. Each unit must include a tenant that has an active business license in Oakland.
These spaces will rent at Commercial Business rental rates. The tenants, up to 4 people, can live in their work spaces. This provides an affordable housing option for tenants by allowing each individual to pay for their portion of the living space and their portion of the work space.
How does this create jobs?
Ground Floor Industrial/Commercial: 20,000 sq ft of space for a local Oakland brewery and a furniture manufacturer. These local business owners intend to design an apprenticeship program with Peralta Colleges and OUSD, and provide each 50+ jobs to the Oakland community. 94+ businesses and 250+ potential employees.
How is this affordable?
All units will be 30%-50% lower than market-rate housing (by providing fully flexible units that are the highest density allowed on site and within the units), and those that operate a business, are also saving by using 1 space for both work and living operations, versus 2 separate spaces, with little to no commuting. Also, 67% of every unit is a legal commercial space that can be written off taxes for $200-$600 in savings per month. oWow to partner with non-profit organizations to provide tax and financial support to maximize tenant savings.
No public funds are used to facilitate affordability and this is all private sponsorship. High density and economy of scale allow us to bring rents downs so their can be more equal opportunity.
Planning Code requires that all activities in these spaces do not produce noise, vibration, air pollution, fire hazard, or noxious emission that will disturb or endanger neighboring properties. Project will pursue LEED gold with solar energy on the roof, street trees and landscaping on all frontages, and adequate exterior lighting of sidewalks to prevent graffiti and trash pile-up. Partnerships with green infrastructure to introduce design elements, such as green walls, will be explored to reduce bad air quality within the vicinity. The development will also provide an opportunity to clean up the environmental toxins in the ground prior to human occupancy,
We value building and growing relationships with community groups, city planners, and our neighbors. As part of our mission, Owow engages with local stakeholders such as community groups, cities, and neighborhoods. We hold community meetings, we’re transparent and accessible, and we operate on an open-door policy for building partnerships and listening to feedback throughout the development process. We work with and look for input from these local stakeholders for our housing developments to provide safe and accessible housing and living spaces where community will thrive. The current plans for the project are based on 2 years of discussions and feedback from community members.
Public Art projects with local West Oakland artists
Green Infrastructure, Solar Energy, Stormwater filtering
Ongoing site maintenance to ensure a clean, safe property that is an asset to the neighborhood
Quarterly community meetings
Robust dust mitigation and environmental corrective action plan with Alameda County
24-hour response time to any community complaints
Frontage lighting and 24 hour security during construction
Ongoing site maintenance
During Post-Construction and Ongoing:
Establishing 75+ local Oakland manufacturing jobs; 94+ local Oakland businesses; 250+ employees
Providing job pathways for youth with Peralta Colleges and OUSD
Creating public spaces:
Town square for local artists and businesses
Innovative and affordable housing types for business owners
Ongoing environmental monitoring
We want to hear from You!
We want to hear from our neighbors and community organizations.
As we develop our plans for 2715 Adeline. We are asking our community - what would you like to see in your community?
Let us know below!