New plans have been revealed with a pre-application for 1652 University Avenue in Central Berkeley. The project will replace a two-story commercial structure with a five-story mixed-use infill with housing and retail. Studio KDA, a Berkeley-based firm, is responsible for the design.
The 60-foot tall structure will yield 24,995 square feet with 21,910 square feet for residential use, 1,750 square feet for live-work housing, and 1,340 square feet for commercial retail. There will be 26 apartments and two live-work units. One apartment will be priced as affordable for a very low-income household. Parking will be included for bicycles in a 226-square-foot room.
The design by Studio KDA will be light, with setbacks, balconies, and protruding panels framing the project to give depth to the exterior. Facade materials will include cement panels, ceramic tiles, and in-place concrete along the base. Residential amenities will include a lobby, landscaped backyard, and a rooftop deck. Private balconies will be featured on each floor.
Future residents will be just ten minutes away from Downtown Berkeley and Shattuck Avenue by foot. The proposal is on a small urban block bound by University Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, Addison Street, and McGee Avenue. University Avenue is a major commercial thoroughfare for the neighborhood, with another five-story residential development underway at 1698 University along McGee Avenue by Realtex Apartments.
Molly Gordon of Gordon Commercial Real Estate Services is responsible for the project as the property owner. An estimated timeline for construction has not yet been established.