Building permits have been filed for a seven-story mixed-use project at 2099 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Downtown Berkeley. The project would replace a single-story commercial structure with 72 new dwelling units and retail close to public transit. East Beach Development is responsible for the project via 2099 MLK LLC.
The 71-foot tall structure yields 62.420 square feet, with 51,450 square feet dedicated to residential use, 5,990 square feet for the 12-car garage, and 2,450 square feet for ground-level retail. Parking will also be included for 38 bicycles. Unit sizes will vary with six studios, 36 one-bedroom units, and 30 two-bedroom units. Residents will also have access to the 1,620 square foot courtyard and 4,330 square foot roof deck.
Five units will be priced for households in the ‘very-low income’ bracket.
Kava Massih Architects is responsible for the design. The architectural aesthetic is informed by city design guidelines, with articulated massing and colorful highlights. Facade material will include metal siding panels, formed concrete pilasters, and floor-to-ceiling windows. A yellow-painted awning on the rooftop terrace will serve as a visual focal point overlooking MLK Jr Way and Addison Street.
On-site landscaping will introduce Japanese Maple trees, Sweetgum trees, deer grass, liriope, and more drought-resistant plants.
Future residents at 2099 MLK Jr Way will be six minutes from the Downtown Berkeley BART station by foot.