Cal should build student housing on a less historically-significant site like the nearby Ellsworth garage.
Preservationists are hoping the listing might persuade UC Berkeley to build housing elsewhere but Cal says it won’t.
For much of Cal’s history, providing housing for students was not a priority. Troubled finances in the last few decades have hobbled Cal’s efforts to catch up.
New plans call for nearly 500 new apartments spread across three sites along Shattuck Avenue in South Berkeley.
Lawmakers approved, and the governor signed, legislation to allow UC Berkeley to admit all the new students it planned to this fall, undoing a judge’s enrollment cap.
By offering remote learning and a delayed enrollment option, Cal won’t need to cut freshmen and transfer admission.
The City Council voted Friday morning to file a legal brief opposing a court ruling that would cap UC Berkeley student enrollment.
UC Berkeley has been denied relief from a court-ordered enrollment freeze. It may be forced to mail out 5,100 fewer acceptance letters next month.
Before it was knocked down, the rent-controlled building was the focus of a fight between its tenants and UC Berkeley.
The city is making a key update to its housing plans. Here’s how the process works and how you can get involved.
About 1,100 students will be housed in two buildings in the long-contested park.
Cal can now tear down 1921 Walnut St. and the $300 million Anchor House project can proceed.