City and BART officials have wrapped up their negotiations over Berkeley’s control of ‘air right’ at the station, Mayor Jesse Arreguín says.
The Planning Commission voted Wednesday to loosen design regulations for the long-debated project. The city council still has to approve the decision.
The public is getting its first look at renderings for 750 new homes, half of them affordable, at the BART station’s parking lot.
An expanded power station could occupy a prominent spot along Adeline Street that Berkeley officials had hoped to line with businesses and housing.
The policy makes current or former residents of redlined areas, and those displaced by BART, a higher priority for affordable housing.
Berkeley officials want community benefits in exchange for waiving their “air rights” over the station. BART may not agree.
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.
The group that plans to build hundreds of apartments at the North Berkeley BART station is led by a nonprofit developer.
Construction unions and housing groups push campaign to pass Measure L over $300,000.
Berkeley leaders have embraced taller, denser development as a step to resolve the housing crisis. Some advocates see signs of a backlash brewing among voters.
The plaza, which will host the historic Ashby Flea Market, will be discussed at a virtual meeting on Oct. 3.
Planning Commission chair Elisa Mikiten and holistic health advocate Tamar Michai Freeman are challenging incumbent Rashi Kesarwani for the Northwest Berkeley seat.