It is the single largest investment in affordable housing Berkeley has made, the mayor said Tuesday night.
The unanimous vote kickstarts a 2-year-long process which would see about 9,000 more housing units at various income levels built over the next several years.
The city is collecting community input on affordable housing, land use, building form and public space as part of the public process around plans to build housing at BART.
The plan aims for 100% affordable housing at Ashby BART, and 50% throughout the corridor
The commission says the percentage is not a requirement, but an aspiration. Community and BART talks are ongoing.
Berkeley’s efforts to help lead the charge to build hundreds of new apartments at the Ashby and North Berkeley BART stations have landed the city at the top of the transit agency’s list for short-term development plans.
Three months after a driver struck and killed a 64-year-old Oakland man walking near the Ashby BART station, authorities have charged that driver with leaving the scene of the fatal crash, according to court papers.
“This is a beginning of a process,” Mayor Jesse Arreguín told a passionate crowd Tuesday.
Police closed part of Adeline Street alongside Ashby BART on Saturday night after the discovery of a body in the roadway next to the station, authorities report.
People care a lot about what happens in South Berkeley — and they shared those views during the first full meeting on the brand new Adeline corridor plan draft.
The new proposal could result in hundreds of housing units on the Ashby BART parking lot, narrower tree-lined streets, and new intersections. Learn more at a community meeting tonight.
In a U-turn, organizers of the Berkeley Flea Market say it will not be closed until April and will open this weekend if the weather cooperates. But even without rain, storm clouds rumble over the market’s future.