Executed under the HOPE VI program, the Lion Creek Master Plan replaced an isolated community of public housing with a new mixed income transit-oriented neighborhood of 467 affordable units organized around a large public park and day-lighted creek. PYATOK led a series of hands on workshops with residents and neighbors to create a plan that reconnects the site to the Coliseum BART station directly to the south as well as to the surrounding neighborhood. To enhance the sense of ownership and security the plan was designed to allow as many dwelling as possible to have direct access to the street, to common outdoor areas, or directly to the central park. The central park includes barbecue areas, soccer field, walking path and the day-lit portion of Leona Creek. On-site facilities include over 15,000 square feet of social services and childcare facilities. PYATOK oversaw implementation of the master plan and provided full design services for portions of Phase I and Phase III.
As the first phase of the Lions Creek Hope VI master plan, the 50 family units in Phase I set the standard for high quality design that reinforces a sense of neighborhood and security within the larger Lions Creek community. Two-level townhomes sit above one-level flats and tuck-in parking (one per unit), organized around alternating auto and pedestrian courts. Front-entry stoops, porches and bay windows face the surrounding streets improving their livability and safety. Units along the north edge share an entry court with the neighboring senior housing. The auto-free central court is designed for young children; the tree-lined parking courts are design for wheel toy play by older children. To provide additional living area and better supervision of outdoor spaces, each second-level townhome has a trellised ‘outdoor dining room’ directly off the eat-in kitchen and overlooking the auto court.
Located north of a new city park and restored creek, Lions Creek Phase III is organized into two groupings: The first consists of 22 townhomes around a central private court; the second has 84 homes along a linear mews, with town homes stacked above ground floor flats facing the creek, and town homes facing 66th Street to the north with tall stoops concealing the structured parking below. By organizing the 106 families into two groups, then subdividing the larger groups into smaller clusters, the development achieves secure and easy-to-supervise territories. All families can enter their homes from grade or via one flight of stairs to their 2-story townhomes above the flats. This allows a sense of privacy and accountability, avoiding public corridors and elevators. The larger group of 84 families has direct access to the central park through three secured gateways from the private linear inner mews.