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.
Ten artists have recorded fictional and true stories about a place they love in Berkeley. The public can submit their own pieces.
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.
Ural Dixon has been selling the San Francisco Chronicle at North Berkeley BART since 2007. Dwindling sales mean he will be out of a job after Friday. In this video story, commuters who appreciate his cheerful greetings and taste in music describe why they will miss him.
The City Council unanimously voted to work with BART on the planning process, and established Berkeley’s broad vision for the site.
The designer hopes that games such as ‘North Berkeley’ will help those who play them better identify and understand the concerns of the different constituencies around specific debates.
BART has the authority to build what it wants at the station, but the City Council and neighbors weighed in this week.