The city could remove limits on tall buildings downtown, and provide quick approval for small apartments in most neighborhoods.
The new Residence Inn by Marriott, which opens Friday in downtown, is the fourth-tallest building in Berkeley and the city’s biggest in half a century.
If past attempts to raise tall apartment buildings in downtown Berkeley are any indication, the plans could prove contentious.
The project would rise on the downtown Berkeley block where another developer planned an 18-story building.
The Marriott-branded hotel will become the third-tallest building in Berkeley and include 331 extended-stay suites, 15,000 square feet of meeting space and a rooftop bar and restaurant.
The city has decided not to grant developer Hill Street Realty more time to secure financing for the 18-story Berkeley Plaza project on Harold Way.
Efforts are afoot at City Hall to see if the 18-story, $150 million mixed-use housing complex planned on Harold Way may still, in fact, be viable — even though the developer told the city that he had scrapped the plans.
The developer behind an 18-story, nearly 300-unit project on Harold Way has scrapped those plans, putting an end to one of the biggest development battles Berkeley has seen in recent years.
On Monday, four years after the Berkeley City Council approved plans for a new high-rise on Harold Way, the project team submitted its building permit application to the city of Berkeley.
As downtown Berkeley streets are reconfigured, the city is asking the public to weigh in on what one of the revamped stretches should be called.
A 12-story, 156-unit project downtown won praise and nearly unanimous approval Thursday from the city’s zoning board. Speakers called it a home run for union labor and the “gold standard” for development.
Asphalt and car lanes would be replaced with grass, playgrounds, seating and eating areas — transforming what is now concrete into a pedestrian and bicycle pathway.