Collge Heights: Community, Mobility, Affordability, Design, Health & Safety, Sustainability

The successful walking neighborhood that characterized cities into the 1920s was killed by the car and the many associated external costs, including automobile-enabled urban and suburban sprawl. We believe that the future of development must be sustainable Walkable Neighborhood Systems similar to how cities developed naturally, before cars, however, we believe that the construction and design moving forward must be environmentally conscious.

College Heights is proposed to be an affordable, sustainable replacement for suburbia – a walkable neighborhood system based on research of what walkable neighborhood systems should be and how they should operate.

The Rebirth of the Walking Neighborhood Killed by the Car

College Heights is a proposed walkable community on a former quarry site currently owned by the City of Hayward. As currently designed, the project will have a collection of 732 condominiums and townhouses designed to provide a healthy, safe, affordable place to live while lowering dependence on privately owned cars. The walkable neighborhood system approach allows substantially more development per acre than typical suburban designs, and is only possible because of the potential for non-private auto modes to reach the nearby CSUEB campus, transit to downtown Hayward, and BART for the four markets College Heights will serve. As of May, 2024, City policy in support of this development is in place.

College Heights’ residential area is designed to be largely car-free, with limited private car parking, small parks and walkways that lead from the residences to the Village Center. The Village Center will include a community center, bus-way, Village Square, small grocery store and café with a view of the Bay. The Community Center will offer ATM, HOA business office, meeting rooms, fitness center, and library. Groceries will be within easy walking distance at The Corner Store, or by delivery to the Community Center, or home (by arrangement). The Village Bus will provide frequent, fast and free service for Village residents, reaching the CSUEB campus in two minutes and downtown Hayward and BART station in six minutes.