A 12-story, 156-unit project downtown won praise and nearly unanimous approval Thursday from the city’s zoning board. Speakers called it a home run for union labor and the “gold standard” for development.
Citing the “tremendous” need for new housing in Berkeley, and its location near BART along key transit lines, officials overturned a zoning board vote to reject a five-story “co-living” project at Shattuck and Ashby.
Zoning board members got their first chance to weigh in on plans for a new 12-story building proposed on Shattuck at Berkeley Way. Their advice? Have some fun with the design so it reflects more of Berkeley’s quirkiness.
Zoning board commissioners somewhat regretfully approved a new five-story building in South Berkeley on Thursday, noting that state law largely tied their hands as far as changes they could make to the project.
An eight-story student housing complex on Bancroft Way, to include about 330 beds, has been approved by Berkeley’s zoning board right across the street from the Cal campus.
Thursday night, Berkeley’s zoning board approved an 18-story mixed-use building at the downtown Walgreens site, set to bring 274 new apartments to the city.
About 100 people came to a community meeting Thursday to call for affordable housing development and the preservation of the Berkeley flea market.
A much-revised proposal for 3000 Shattuck Ave., which features dorm-like larger units, was rejected by ZAB on June 28 — its third time before the board.
Like other large development proposals in Berkeley, this unusual dorm-like co-living project is testing opinions on what’s needed to best solve the city’s housing crisis.
Originally slated for completion in November 2016, the renovations are now expected to wrap up in December, according to the city.