Pittsburg to Hold Groundbreaking for Mix-Use Project near BART Station


Pittsburg, CA- Integrated Community Development, Corporation for Better Housing and the City of Pittsburg are proud to announce the groundbreaking for The Atchison, a high density, mixed use, and transit-oriented development.

This catalyst project embraces the concepts of transit accessibility, pedestrian friendly design, high-quality development, inclusiveness, and sustainability to help create a vibrant 21st Century hub. The Atchison embodies the goals of the Railroad Avenue Specific Plan and sets the bar for future mixed-use developments in the City of Pittsburg.

Located less than half a mile from the BART Station, The Atchison will help to provide new affordable housing opportunities within a pedestrian oriented neighborhood with access to transportation, job centers, retail, schools, and community services. The development will include 202 residential units and approximately 13,000 square feet of ground floor commercial / retail space. The development offers the residents a robust amenity package including a pool with a sunning deck, fire pits, outdoor BBQ areas, playgrounds, community business center, fitness center, lounge area and pool side clubhouse. The Atchison offers market rate amenities with mixed income rents.

Mayor Jelani Killings stated, “With the Atchison project, the City of Pittsburg is continuing to see the community’s vision of the Railroad Avenue corridor and the area around the Pittsburg Center BART Station come to life. This project addresses the need in Pittsburg for high quality and amenity-driven transit-oriented development, and shows that during these uncertain times, Pittsburg is a community that is working, building, and looking toward the future.”

This development would not have been possible without the investments made by our financing partners including, CalHFA, CTCAC, CDLAC, Aliant Capital, and Pacific Western Bank.

The Groundbreaking Ceremony will begin at 10am and be attended by a limited number of attendees practicing social distancing protocols and PPE will be provided.

About the Project

  • $90 million dollar transit-oriented mixed-use development requiring no local funding
  • Less than ½ mile from the Pittsburg Center BART
  • 202 Residential units
    • 20 studios
    • 122 1 bedroom/1 bath
    • 60 2 bedroom/2 bath
  • 100% affordable
    • 100 units designed for residents making up to 50% AMI
    • 100 units designed for residents making up to 70% AMI
    • 2 units for property managers
  • 13,659 square feet of commercial space
  • On-site fitness center
  • Business center
  • Technology room
  • 202 parking spaces
  • Clubhouse/multipurpose room
  • Tot lot and BBQ area
  • Infill development located on former car dealership
  • Developer funded improvements to the Delta De Anza Regional Trail

A “virtual groundbreaking” ceremony will be hosted via Zoom (you can register at https://theatchison.eventbrite.com)


  1. With no grocery stores or services of course. That shopping center at Bailey and Lealand is a mess. Fix the unsafe BART station. Bay Point has nowhere to shop either.

  2. Are these rental units or are they for sale? And if they’re for sale, what’s the price range?
    You have to assume that each living unit resident will have at least one car. So if there’s 202 living units, and 202 parking places, where are the people who occupy the retail space supposed to park and where are the retail customers supposed to park?

    • When one cuts through all the jargon, these are rental units that will be priced below market rate and there will income caps in order to qualify for them.

  3. Not happy with this at all, we can’t even attract a damn good grocery store! What about all the traffic backup on Railroad Ave, before the COVID-19 shut down traffic was always backed up in the area where Starbucks is and that is just from people trying to go through the drive thru!!!!

  4. Affordable housing = inner city residents. Mixed income rents? I’m sure someone earning $150,000+ will be delighted having people on welfare living next door! This sounds like the 21st Century version of “the projects”

    • That’s exactly what came to mind when I read the “affordable” housing part. Sounds like a modern version of government project housing. That’s all we need in Pittsburg.

    • Actually Carmen, no need to worry… all Karens, white collar crooks, Republikkkan talking-heads, religious cronies, and their law enforced protectors will continue to huddle behind their white picket fences in more affluent neighborhoods.

      • Nobody’s “huddling” anywhere n the wealthier enclave, Pastor! It’s the riff-raff which is huddling in areas like Sycamore and Cavallo. If they so much as venture into any affluent area enclaves, they get kicked out.

      • My parents and relatives live in Alamo and Danville and nobody is “huddling” behind any fences. They are out-and-about enjoying their lives without any ghetto folk around.

  5. What is the square footage of these apartments. Will they be able to have a washer and dryer in the unit?

    • They haven’t even started construction. Maybe you should contact the builders and ask to see the drawings. I bet they will have laundry facilities on each floor and pray those are not vandalized within the first month of occupancy!

  6. despite all of the extremely negative comments in this post before mine; the addition another affordable housing option does help the community for the people that need it and that can qualify for it based on their income, creditscore, and credit history especially in the time of a country-wide pandemic.

  7. California has never been an “affordable” housing kind of state! A large number of people simply cannot afford to live here due to the very high cost of living. This was exacerbated by the growing tech industry and it’s high payed employees. All of a sudden, the cost of housng alone went through the roof thanks to the high salaries of their employees most of whom came here from elsewhere. Your average non-tech employee would need 3 full time jobs to break even and then they’d still be struggling. There are great states and areas where they would do much better and have some time to relax and enjoy life.

  8. You are correct. Unfortunately, the solution does not lie in subsidized “affordable” housing (that means taxpayer-subsidized, directly or indirectly) as the left wing thinks. That’s one step toward the slippery slope of public housing projects – so widely praised in the 50s and 60s and which turned out to be a disaster.

    • This project smacks of a potential disaster as ghetto and inner city people from Oakland and Richmond will descend on Pittsburg thanks to that Federal Glover character who invited so many here to get into the Section 8 program. His motto was, “Y’all come on down!”

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