Currently, 899 Alvarado is a chainlink fence-encased plot of weeds, dirt, and crumbling pavement, providing an unpleasant transition into neighboring residential communities. It’s greatest attribute is in its possibility. How can this space build a stronger and better San Leandro?

picture of empty lot at 899 Alvarado


In 2007, the City of San Leandro passed the Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Strategy. This initiative set up the framework for new development opportunities to accommodate smart growth near the San Leandro BART Station and further positioned San Leandro as a model, forward-thinking Bay Area city. One such opportunity was 899 Alvarado, which the TOD Strategy identified as a prime location for higher-density housing development.

rendering of 899 Alvarado buildings

As part of the proposal, the portion of Alvarado Street fronting the community will be transformed into a tree-lined, well-lit, and pedestrian-focused environment to improve pedestrian safety and security. Additionally, 899 Alvarado has been designed with ground-level entries to individual apartments to activate the public realm along Alvarado and Lola Streets. Where there once were weeds, there will be trees. Where there once was a chainlink fence, there will be spaces open to the community. Where there once was an empty plot of land, there will be much-needed homes.

899 Alvarado includes two residential buildings, each surrounding a landscaped central courtyard with resident amenities, ideal for gatherings and relaxation. The two residential buildings will be constructed over a two-level parking structure, one level at-grade and one below-grade. The garage will be accessible for residents through three secure entries. Vehicular and emergency vehicle access will be provided between and around each building.

A diverse mix of apartments–from studios to 3-bedrooms in multiple layouts–will serve a variety of housing needs and lifestyles. Each individual apartment will feature energy efficient appliances including in-unit washer/dryer, dishwashers, ranges, and refrigerators. Select apartment homes include private balconies. 899 Alvarado will be designed to accommodate high-speed fiber optic internet access.


Number of Buildings: 2
Number of Stories: 5 and 6 (with Parking)
Number of Homes: 687
Number of Parking Spots: 892
Number of Bedrooms Available: Studio to 3-Bedrooms
Distance from BART: 9 minute walk (1/4 mile)
Distance from Downtown San Leandro: 12 minute walk (2/3 mile)