The City Council is set to vote on the controversial zoning change, which one commissioner called a “fireball,” later this spring.
Under the current proposal, there will be 85 parking spots at Ashby BART and 200 spots at North Berkeley BART, including in a satellite lot.
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What’s happening now is important because it will define the parameters for large new apartment buildings that are slated to replace what are now parking lots at the North Berkeley and Ashby BART stations.
BART is seeking input on its plan to help Berkeley residents get to the Ashby and North Berkeley BART stations once housing is built on the parking lots.
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.