Image: City of Berkeley
Image: City of Berkeley

Those interested in the future of Adeline Street in South Berkeley are invited to a meeting Saturday morning at the senior center on Ellis Street.

The city of Berkeley received a $750,000 planning grant last year to look at transit improvements and other development issues along the Adeline Corridor, and Saturday morning will be the public’s first chance to participate in that process since last year.

Read more about Adeline Street in past Berkeleyside coverage.

According to a notice posted by Mayor Tom Bates’ office, “The purpose is to provide information about City planning for the area, answer questions, gather community ideas on the effort and learn on how you might like to be involved.”

The meeting is slated to take place at the South Berkeley Senior Center, at 2929 Ellis St., at 10 a.m. Saturday.

According to the mayor’s office, “The planning process will include additional community meetings and assessment of what improvements should be included in the Adeline Corridor area.”

Councilman Max Anderson said, in an email to his constituents about the meeting, that land use, transportation, housing, open space, infrastructure and other improvements all will be part of the discussion.

Bates and Anderson both will be in attendance at the meeting Saturday, which was rescheduled from Nov. 8. That meeting was canceled without explanation just days before it was set to take place.

The city has held one public meeting about the project, in March 2014. Read about that meeting here.

South Shattuck Avenue and nearly 1 mile of Adeline Street in South Berkeley might see more affordable housing, pedestrian- and bike-friendly neighborhoods, more park areas, a new theater, mass transit improvements, and more as part of the grant, which was awarded to the city by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission last May.

Those are just some of the ideas that have been proposed so far. Before any plan is adopted, officials will do other outreach to gather ideas from residents, businesses and local groups and institutions. The grant will also permit Berkeley to do an environmental study, the city said last year. (That study would “allow streamlined CEQA review for future projects on Adeline and south Shattuck Avenue,” according to project materials.)

The city is in the process of launching a project website that will include additional information, such as a meeting flyer and project background documents.

To be notified when the website is online, or for any other questions about the project, citizens can call Alisa Shen, principal planner, at 510-981-7409, or write her at

The area covered by the grant includes the Lorin District commercial area; the Berkeley Bowl, Walgreens and Any Mountain shopping area; the Ed Roberts Campus and parking lot; the Ashby BART station and parking lot; and the intersections of Ashby and Alcatraz avenues with Adeline.

The South Shattuck area is also involved, including an auto dealership cluster, an approved 155-unit mixed-use development project called Parker Place, and the Sports Basement store in the former Berkeley Iceland skating rink, according to a prior statement.

That translates into 100 acres in Berkeley, from Dwight Way south to 62nd Street, according to the city.

Read more about the grant in past Berkeleyside coverage. Connect with the Lorin District on Facebook.

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Emilie Raguso (former senior editor, news) joined Berkeleyside in 2012 and covered politics, public safety and development until her departure in 2022. In 2017, Emilie was named Journalist of the Year...