It’s one of four buildings changing the Berkeley skyline under the Downtown Area Plan approved 10 years ago.
One resident at Harriet Tubman Terrace chose to sleep in his van overnight because he was worried he’d be isolated from resources.
A nonprofit purchased Harriet Tubman Terrace in the fall of 2021 and tenants are still organizing around dozens of grievances two years later.
The city said it made “non-substantive” changes to gain the state’s approval of its plan to build 9,000 new homes by 2031.
UC Berkeley said it still has an “unwavering” commitment to building student housing in the park.
Activists, including Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board commissioner Dominique Walker, were arrested and cited Tuesday after disrupting the Board of Supervisors meeting.
Officials hope building more will make it easier for first-time buyers and those looking to downsize.
A final ruling from the court on whether UC Berkeley can resume construction of a student housing project is expected soon, but the decision will likely be appealed.
Supporters, and even some leading opponents, of the unsuccessful bond say they want to ask Berkeley voters to approve another tax for street paving in two years.
The changes are part of ongoing talks to create a new plaza and hundreds of housing units at Ashby BART, while restoring the heart of South Berkeley.
TOPA would provide tenants an opportunity to remain in their homes, build generational wealth, and keep Berkeley diverse and vibrant.
The measure, Berkeley’s biggest-ever bond, would have provided money to repair local infrastructure and build affordable housing.