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September 13, 2018

Groundbreaking Ceremony Marks Long-Awaited Start of SunCal’s 183-acre Oak Knoll Mixed-Use Community in Oakland
Will Transform Former Site of U.S. Naval Medical Center that Closed in 1996

News Release

Oakland, Calif. (September 13, 2018) – More than 20 years since the Navy closed Naval Medical Center Oakland in 1996, government officials, community leaders and SunCal executives gathered on Wednesday, September 12, to mark the groundbreaking of Oak Knoll, a 183-acre master-planned community that will transform the property in the Oakland Hills.

Oak Knoll is being developed by SunCal, one of the largest real estate development companies in the U.S. that specializes in large-scale, mixed-use master-planned communities.

Oak Knoll will be a mixed-use development that will feature up to 918 homes including single-family residences, townhomes and estate homes; 80,000 square feet of commercial retail uses in a village center; and 84 acres of public parks, open space and publicly accessible trails. The community will also include a creek running through the property that will be restored to natural conditions; a restored Club Knoll building that will serve as a new community center for residents and the general public; and a memorial honoring military personnel who served or were treated at the Naval Hospital.

As a Naval complex, Oak Knoll treated thousands of wounded military personnel during World War II and continued serving through the Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War and peacetime before it closed in 1996.

“We’re very pleased to get shovels in the ground; all of the hard work by so many people is finally resulting in a bright, new chapter in the life of this property,” said David Soyka, SunCal Senior Vice President. “This is one of the most significant development opportunities in the San Francisco Bay area, and we are looking forward to building a new community that all of Oakland can be proud of.”

“Oak Knoll will transform this vacant site and bring a variety of benefits to Oakland, including jobs, tax revenues and many acres of open space, parks and trails that all Oakland residents can enjoy,” said Larry Reid, Oakland City Council President. “This project has been a long time coming since the Navy left two decades ago, and SunCal has worked closely with the community to help shape Oak Knoll’s vision. Everyone is excited to see this finally becoming a reality.”

When completed, Oak Knoll will be home to charming neighborhoods, engaging open spaces and inviting public parks, giving residents the chance to enjoy the Oakland Hills and all this special place has to offer. From access to the East Bay Regional Park System to integrated community trails, Oak Knoll will provide its residents and the public with walkable trails that will flank a restored creek, and will welcome families, joggers, cyclists, hikers, dog walkers and naturalists. Abundant pathways and open space will connect family-oriented neighborhoods with a community-focused retail village that will feature shops, restaurants and public meeting spaces. Oak Knoll will be a vibrant community with a laid-back feel and small town atmosphere. For more information, visit www.oakknollcommunity.com.

SunCal acquires, entitles and develops major residential properties and commercial developments.  The company creates distinctive master-planned and mixed-use communities that emphasize quality of life, environmental sensitivity and recreational opportunities.  SunCal is one of the largest real estate development companies in the U.S. that specializes in large-scale, mixed-use master-planned communities, and has offices in Irvine, Calif.; Northern California; Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Austin, Texas.  For more information, visit www.suncal.com.

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GROUNDBREAKING FOR SUNCAL’S OAK KNOLL COMMUNITY — A groundbreaking for SunCal’s 183-acre Oak Knoll master-planned community was held in Oakland, Calif., on September 12, 2018. The Oakland Hills property is the former site of U.S. Naval Medical Center Oakland that closed in 1996. Participating in the groundbreaking were members of the Oak Knoll Coalition, a community group, who were led by (starting fourth from left, and left to right) SunCal Vice President David Soyka, Oakland City Council President Larry Reid and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

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CONTACT: Joe Aguirre, SunCal, 949-777-4043