Our History

ARC historical timelineEast Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a leading local community development organization. It was formed by a handful of college students and community people. They came together to realize a dream of preserving a beautiful, but deteriorated warehouse in Oakland's Chinatown and revitalizing it as the Asian Resource Center. The Asian Resource Center is now home to various nonprofit agencies, retail businesses, medical facilities and the Asian Resource Center Art Gallery. EBALDC has since expanded its portfolio to include Swan's Market, Preservation Park, Lion Creek Crossings and The California Hotel.


1975 – EBALDC is incorporated.

1981 – Asian Resource Center: Social service agencies move into the Asian Resource Center, including ARC Associates, Asian Community Mental Health Services, Asian Health Services, Oakland Chinese Community Council and EBALDC.

1988 – The Madrone Hotel: In response to demolition of 10,000 units of housing due to redevelopment and freeway construction, EBALDC takes on affordable housing development with restoration of the historic Madrone Hotel, providing 32 single rooms and ground floor commercial space.

1990 – Frank G. Mar Community Housing is jointly developed with BRIDGE Housing Corporation, transforming an underutilized parking lot into 119 apartments and retail space in Oakland's Downtown/Chinatown district that includes our first Head Start childcare center.

1992 – Marcus Garvey Apartments is completed, creating 22 family townhomes in West Oakland.

1994 – Hugh Taylor House, a vacant former nursing home, is renovated into 43 single rooms and apartments.

1995 – Madison Park Apartments, a historic building originally erected in 1908 and left vacant after earthquake damage in 1989, is renovated into 98 affordable apartments.

1995 – San Pablo Hotel, a century-old historic building, is rehabilitated and reopened as 144 single rooms for seniors and offers supportive services on the ground floor.

1995 – Hismen Hin-Nu Terrance Apartments is a newly constructed multi-family, mixed-use facility that creates 92 townhomes and apartments with street front retail space along International Blvd that includes a Head Start neighbourhood serving head start center.  Hismen Hin-nu is a name given by Native American elders as a translation of Sun Gate.

1996 – Homeplace Initiatives launched to restore single family homes for first time homebuyers.  Seven homes were built or renovated for sale over several years. Youth Employment Partnership (YEP) built two of the homes and assisted with renovation of others.

1997 – EBALDC is selected as one of six original American Dream Demonstration organizations to pilot the Individual Development Accounts (IDA). IDA clients receive a matched savings account to double their assets to spend towards education, homeownership or entrepreneurship. Since 1997, EBALDC IDA recipients have saved more than $1.17 million in personal assets. 

1997 – Effie's House is renovated into 21 affordable apartments with community room, picnic area and shared backyard.

1998 – Making Connections Oakland launches.  EBALDC begins work with merchants in East Lake resulting in Streetscape and facade improvements and the Eastlake Merchant Association.

2000 – Swan's Market, is renovated and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The complex includes18 affordable apartments, 20 market-rate co-housing condominiums (www.swansway.com ), marketplace, central courtyard and storefront retail spaces. Today, it is home to some of Oakland's best restaurants. www.localwiki.org/oakland/Swan's_Market

2000 – Bayporte Village is completed, creating 71 single family homes in West Oakland that offer affordable homeownership opportunities.

2000 – Avalon Senior Housing in Emeryville was also completed that year - a new construction project that offers 67 apartments for seniors, community garden and ground-floor commercial spaces for local businesses. 

2002 – Oakland Point Limited Partnership (OPLP) is a collection of nine large Victorian homes built in the turn of the 20th century in West Oakland. They were renovated in 2000 into 31 scattered site apartments with a nearby community resource center that serves both residents and neighbors.

2003 – EBALDC starts the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, which started serving 49 clients and has grown to serve more than 1,800 families each year with almost 100 volunteers. 

2004 – Noble Tower: The Related Company of California invites EBALDC to be a partner and provide services for 195 units of affordable senior housing.

2004 – Oak Park Apartments are renovated for 35 families in response to a long-term community organizing effort with the New Hope Covenant Church.

2005 – Preservation Park acquired by EBALDC to preserve it as an office park for nonprofit organizations.  The16 Victorian homes were originally relocated from the freeway and adapted by the former Oakland Redevelopment Agency for nonprofits and small businesses.

2006 – Sausal Creek Homes are built to create affordable homeownership opportunities.

2006 – EBALDC launches the Money Savvy Youth program to provide financial education for future generations.

2006 – EBALDC formally launches Resident Services program.

2006-2014 – Lion Creek Crossings is forged from the ruins of the notorious Coliseum Gardens housing projects and the surrounding industrial property and park.  Working in partnership with The Related Company of California and the Oakland Housing Authority, we transformed this 1964 public housing complex into 128 apartments for seniors and 439 family apartments around a 5.7 acre park with two preschools, and family resource center, computer center, and a resident run corner store with fresh foods.

2007 – Giant Road Family Apartments - 86 family apartments, community space, childcare center and courtyard - is completed.

2007 – Seven Directions combines healthcare and housing with 36 apartments and Native American Health Center's new ground floor clinic space.

2009 – Spark Point.  EBALDC works with United Way to co-found SparkPoint Oakland, a first of its kind financial services center at Lion Creek Crossings. 

2009 – Jack London Gateway Senior Housing opens, providing 61 brand new apartments for low-income seniors who can enjoy a shared garden and award-winning green features.

2010-2014 – Age-Friendly Neighborhoods Initiative for San Pablo Corridor supported by Atlantic Philanthropies.

2010-2015 – Pacific Renaissance condominiums are acquired to be resold as 50 affordable apartments for moderate income homebuyers. Due to the rising cost of subsidizing homeownership in the Bay Area, EBALDC makes a strategic decision to focus on affordable rental housing for the east bay’s workforce.

2011 – Lillie Mae Jones Plaza 26 apartments for formerly homeless families developed in partnership with the Richmond based Community Housing Development Corporation.

2011 – Slim Jenkins Court renovated to preserve 32 affordable apartments for families.

2013 – 1825 San Pablo Avenue renovated to become the new EBALDC central office, allowing organizations at the Asian Resource Center to expand and consolidate administrative offices into one location.

2013 – Drasnin Manor is renovated to preserve 26 apartments across the street from Hismen Hin-nu and commercial space for a neighborhood serving nonprofit organization.

2013 – Healthy Neighborhoods Strategic Plan adopted by EBALDC board to prioritize our work based on health data and form collective impact coalitions to improve health outcomes.

2013 – EBALDC Community Development Consulting Practice launched.  Focused on working with established nonprofit organizations who work in the neighborhoods that we serve, our first client was East Oakland Youth Development Center. 

2014 – The California Hotel renovated to convert hotel rooms into 137 apartments and restore an Oakland landmark.  Includes a community garden operated by People’s Grocery.

2014 – Renovation of Swan’s Market to include additional restaurants and space for California Endowment for the Humanities. 

2014-2015 – EBALDC’s Healthy Neighborhoods Collective Impact Initiative in the San Pablo Avenue Corridor, now known as the San Pablo Area Revitalization Collaborative (SPARC) formally launched with the support of Partners in Progress from Citi Foundation and Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF).