Oakland Uptown Development Breaks Ground, Hopes To Attract ‘Working Class’

Change is coming to a long-vacant lot in Oakland’s re-surging Uptown neighborhood as ground has been broken on a new housing development that will cater to working class families.  Nestled at the corner of San Pablo Avenue and 21st Street, this plot of land used to support the St. Francis De Sales Cathedral and adjoining rectory.  The cathedral suffered damage in the 1989 Loma-Prieta earthquake and had to be torn down. The lot has been barren ever since, but not for long.  Mary Murtagh, president and CEO of Excellence to Affordable Housing (EAH), a non-profit group that will develop the property, said she envisions Cathedral Gardens attracting a lot of young people. If all goes according to plan, they’ll celebrate a grand opening around Labor Day 2013.

CBS San Francisco

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