Melrose Baptist Church
Riaz Capital, Bay area developer who focuses on the changing housing needs of the Millennial Generation, successfully completed the adaptive reuse of the Melrose Baptist Church in Oakland, California. The project involved converting a complex of four buildings, including a 1930 Spanish Revival church, two school buildings from the 1940s, and a 1920 bungalow into modern market rate apartments. Of the 60 units, including studios, one- and two-bedrooms, one in particular stand out: the historic church sanctuary, now an over-sized studio, which is 10% of the square footage of the entire complex. The volume and historic finishes were retained, creating a one-of-a-kind live-work space with an ornate high ceiling, a balcony complete with rows of seating, and a chancel. Heritage Consulting Group was please to help Riaz Capital navigate the historic tax credit process for this unique project.