| Housing to rise at former cathedral site
As the Diocese of Oakland celebrates its 50th anniversary, there's good news for those who have long looked at the vacant lot where St. Francis de Sales Church, which had been designated the cathedral of the Diocese of Oakland when it was founded in 1962, stood before it was irreparably damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake.
A May groundbreaking has been set for Cathedral Gardens, a housing development that will provide affordable homes for families in Oakland's growing Uptown neighborhood. EAH Housing, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to creating affordable housing, is partnering with the Oakland Housing Authority to develop the project on 1.5 acres.
The site was purchased from the Diocese of Oakland for $5.25 million on Feb. 5, 2009.