|Rendering of Station Interior|
This web page summarizes the efforts of the BUILD development team for the re-use planning of the 16th Street Station. Beginning in September 2005, the team worked diligently to coordinate a participatory planning process around reuse of the historic 16th Street Station in West Oakland. This process included technical, market, and design work in conjunction with three community townhall meetings and the ongoing involvement of a community-based advisory pool.
The process allowed the team to refine and test strategies for reuse of the Station that will be economically self-sustaining over the long-term, appropriate to the Station's unique history and location, and responsive to the community process. The approach was for a reuse plan for the station that generated from the ideas and energy of the participants in the process. Putting in place a successful, sustainable business that embodies community values can only happen to the extent that disparate voices continue to work together as we carry forward a shared vision.
The Re-Use Plan envisions the creation of a flexible event and performance space within the Main Hall of the Station, supported by a commercial catering/food service business and/or youth-oriented education facility operating out of the baggage wing and track structure. Shortly after approval of the Re-Use Plan, the Development Team solicited potential operators through a Request for Proposals (RFP). The criteria for selection focused on viability of the business and track-record of the operator, and also addressed community interests that emerged in the planning process, such as memorialization of the building's rich history, ongoing community governance/input, and connections with existing neighborhood resources.
In the end, working together, the process was one which continues to enrich the West Oakland community, honor the 16th Street Stationís rich history, and create an asset for the City of Oakland and the Bay Area. We encourage you to visit this page regularly for updates and information. To submit your ideas or concerns on station reuse please send email to 16thStreetStation@bridgehousing.com.
RESTORATION ASSOCIATION FOR IMPROVING THE LANDMARK 16TH STREET STATION (RAILS)
Developing the CL Dellums Center for Community Sustainability
In May 2006, BUILD as the property owner submitted the Train Station Re-Use Plan to the City of Oakland. Through an involved and intensive process, in April 2008, BUILD joined with a coalition of community organizations to form a new nonprofit organization known as RAILS (RESTORATION ASSOCIATION FOR IMPROVING THE LANDMARK 16TH STREET STATION). RAILS is a California nonprofit public benefit corporation and will create and implement a business plan for the rehabilitation and reuse of the historic 16th Street Station.
Community Process and Vision
As a result of the community process, thematic uses for the Train Station emerged. Pending results of the feasibility, marketing study and other factors, the future uses may include flexible space for events and/or performances, food service, museum and exhibit area(s), youth services and educational programming.
RAILS will host periodic community meetings and updates regarding the future development of the 16th Streetr Train Station. Periodically, check this website for meeting announcements. In addition, please contact us at 16thStreetStation@bridgehousing.com if you would like to be added to a contact list.
Once the bustling terminus of the transcontinental railway, the 1912 Beaux Arts-style station suffered serious damage in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and has been shuttered ever since. In its heyday, the station served as the west coast home of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP), which organized the first African American labor union and played a significant role in the U.S. civil rights movement. In recognition of the station’s rich history, RAILS has named the center “The CL Dellums Center for Community Sustainability,” after BSCP organizer and leader CL Dellums. The Station’s rehabilitation is part of a larger collaborative effort with the City of Oakland and several private landowners to build more than 1,200 homes and retail in a new West Oakland neighborhood called Central Station.
In creating its business plan for the CL Dellums Center for Community Sustainability, RAILS will:
Physical Structures and Land
2004: The 16th Street Station was purchased by BUILD, an affiliate of nonprofit BRIDGE Housing.
2005-2006: BUILD held three town hall meetings and several other meetings with various stakeholder groups to determine the preferred uses, identify community concerns and examine other issues for developing the station.
May 2006: BUILD submitted its Train Station Re-Use Plan to the City of Oakland
March 2007: BUILD issued a Request for Qualifications to identify a “Train Station Entity” to develop and operate the train station.
April 2008: BUILD joined with a coalition of community organizations to form a new nonprofit organization, now known as RAILS, which would be responsible for the operation and ultimate ownership of the CL Dellums Center for Community Sustainability. Concurrently, RAILS engaged the prominent Oakland firm California Communities Group (CCG) to act as developer of the historic asset.
November 2008: RAILS and CCG received $400,000 in predevelopment funds from the City of Oakland Redevelopment Agency to fund a feasibility study.
April 2009: CCG launches the technical studies for the Feasibility Study. RAILS begins meeting regularly regarding feasibility, planning and development of the Train Station.
November 2009: RAILS, BUILD and the City re-structure the predevelopment funds to allow for $39,000 to be applied to roof and fence repair to protect the building.
December 2009: Anticipated completion date of feasibility study.
1st Quarter 2010: Public Review of Feasibility Study by community and City Council.s
The RAILS Board of Directors currently includes: Bob Brauer, Alan Dones, Gregory Hodge, Ben Metcalf, Adhi Nagrah and Lydia Tan.
The Central Station Context
Central Station is a dynamic visioning and re-purposing of the 29 acres surrounding the 16th Street Station. Hundred of homes have been completed. When done, there will be 1,200+ new townhomes, lofts and apartments—plus parks, open space, shops, neighborhood services, and jobs for residents. The 16th Street Station will be a key amenity and attribute to the entire Central Station Development.