By Keith Burbank

“Rubics cube logistics” is how Joseph Forbes McCarthy, senior project manager of BRIDGE Housing, described the coordination needed to develop MacArthur Station, a transit-oriented development planned near the MacArthur BART.

The first phase of housing, called Mural, began September 2013 and is scheduled for completion in the spring of next year. Mural will include 90 of the 108 units of affordable housing to be built there.

This summer, construction of the parking garage at the MacArthur BART Station will be finished, BRIDGE Housing said. The 478-car garage will replace 602 below-grade parking spaces in the lot along 40th Street next to the station.

By September, sidewalks and the roads for the shuttles should be complete. The improvements create a designated area for shuttles, which previously shared the same road with cars, resulting in bottlenecks and complaints by shuttle riders. Infrastructure, such as a new water main, electric lines, curb, gutter and sidewalk, is scheduled for completion at the same time.

According to a webpage devoted to the development, the name, Mural, represents “the iconic geometric murals within the MacArthur BART Station as well as Oakland’s rich tradition of mural art.”

But McCarthy praised the overall project as a “development that’s incorporated into the community and the neighborhood.”

Mural will be apartment homes, available to residents earning $28,000 to $47,000 per year, with rents estimated to range from $450 to $1,100 per month, depending on apartment size and household income.

Phase one of the development began in May 2011, with the demolition of motels along West MacArthur Boulevard, construction of the parking garage and installation of new infrastructure. Phase I also includes the renovation of the station’s entry plaza, renovation of the existing frontage road and the development of walkways and two new streets.

Phase two is strictly devoted to building Mural, while Phases three through five will involve the construction of market rate housing. On the ground floor of the market rate units will be commercial and retail space. The anticipated start date for Phase three is 2015. The last of the five phases could be completed in 2020, depending on the market.

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