On a bright, crisp Thursday morning, dozens of people gathered on the Oakland waterfront to celebrate a major milestone for our community. Phoenix Commons, the Bay Area’s first cooperative lifestyle community for seniors aged 55+, officially broke ground, coming one step closer to spearheading an exciting, new trend in senior housing in the Bay Area.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and City Councilman Noel Gallo were among the many public officials, community supporters, senior housing advocates, and future community members in attendance. As guests examined a 3D model of the building, enjoyed the property’s view of the estuary, and enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres, there was a sense that the future is bright for senior housing in Oakland. Mayor Quan summed up the potential impact of the project beautifully when she said, “I think we will redefine retirement and how people live as seniors.”
Coverage of the event can be found in the Oakland Tribune, and other local publications around the East Bay.