If past attempts to raise tall apartment buildings in downtown Berkeley are any indication, the plans could prove contentious.
But construction won’t start until the 50 or so people living at People’s Park have been housed or offered services, chancellor says.
UC Berkeley did not do an adequate analysis of the impacts of its growth on the community, the suits contend.
The project would rise on the downtown Berkeley block where another developer planned an 18-story building.
The university will also pay $920,000 into the city’s Housing Trust Fund as recompense for the structure.
Fifty-seven monarchs were counted overwintering at Gill Tract Farm last year. A group of farmers pushed back to get protective measures added to UC Berkeley’s development plans, and won.
Even though the city of Berkeley has reached a settlement, others are fighting the university in court.
Voting in closed session and then not reporting it is a violation of California’s open meeting laws, the groups contend.
UC Berkeley will now pay the city more than $4 million a year for its use of city services.
The ruling comes as the city and Berkeley are nearing an agreement on issues surrounding payments, housing, and enrollment.
The Helen Diller Family Foundation is paying for the complex, but building it may require evicting people from a rent-controlled building.
UC Berkeley wants to add 12,000 people to its campus in the next 15 years and build 8 million square feet of housing, research space and parking.