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Posted inHousing & Development

Equity Residential sells Acheson Commons property to Texas firm

Equity Residential has sold the square block of downtown it owns to Mill Creek Residential, which will now construct 205 apartments in a development named Acheson Commons. The tall building on the right is knows as the Bachenheimer Building and the shorter building on the left once held the MacFarlane candy store. Photo: Tracey Taylor […]

Posted inCommunity

Broken elevator strands disabled Berkeley tenants

The Acton Courtyard elevator has been broken since Nov. 13. Image: Google Maps A broken elevator at a Berkeley apartment building owned by Equity Residential has left numerous tenants with mobility issues in the lurch this holiday season, and building management has been slow to handle the problem, residents report. The single elevator at The Acton Courtyard, at 1370 University […]

Posted inBusiness, Housing & Development

Equity Residential to sell 8 Berkeley apartment buildings

Four of the Berkeley properties Equity Residential is selling. Photo: Eastdil Secured Equity Residential, which owns eight buildings with 452 apartments in Berkeley, as well as the entitlement rights to build the 205-unit Acheson Commons complex on University Avenue, is putting its entire Berkeley portfolio up for sale. No price is mentioned on the listing […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

City’s largest apartment building ever gets go-ahead

A rendering of the Acheson Commons complex on University Avenue, which now will go forward. Image: Kirk Peterson Architects Acheson Commons, the largest apartment complex ever planned for Berkeley’s downtown, is set to go forward after its opponents decided not to file a challenge to the plan. A coalition of unions, preservationists, community activists and […]

Posted inHousing & Development

Acheson Commons: Large change for downtown

View of the proposed Acheson Commons looking NW, including, in foreground, a proposed new 10-story UC Berkeley office building. Rendering: courtesy Equity Residential/Kirk E. Peterson Architects One of the first projects to be built under Berkeley’s recently adopted Downtown Area Plan will be Acheson Commons which will transform the entire city block bordered by University Avenue, Shattuck […]