It is the single largest investment in affordable housing Berkeley has made, the mayor said Tuesday night.
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 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.
“This is a beginning of a process,” Mayor Jesse Arreguín told a passionate crowd Tuesday.
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.
The City Council unanimously voted to work with BART on the planning process, and established Berkeley’s broad vision for the site.
BART must determine the zoning for stations by 2020 and Berkeley must update its zoning to reflect that by 2022. One-third of the housing must be affordable and there are height limits.
About 100 people came to a community meeting Thursday to call for affordable housing development and the preservation of the Berkeley flea market.
The latest phase of the years-long process to develop a long-range plan is on display through Friday.
Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night to hear what kind of housing could be built at the North Berkeley BART station. Officials vowed to be as transparent as possible.