Excavation work is progressing, with portions of the concrete foundation visible at 2001 Ashby Avenue in South Berkeley, Alameda County. The project, named Maudelle Miller Shirek, will produce 87 affordable units, including twelve for formerly unhoused people, located directly across from the Ashby BART Station. Move-ins are expected by 2024.
RCD Housing is responsible for the development, which broke ground in February of this year, with its approval process expedited by Senate Bill 35. The firm is working with the John Stewart Company. The ground level will be dedicated to community-serving retail operated by the South-Berkeley nonprofit, Healthy Black Families.
The six-story building will yield 103,420 square feet. The building will include a manager’s unit and 86 affordable rental units priced for residents earning between 20-60% of the Area Median Income. The structure will include amenity space, commercial retail, parking, and a landscaped courtyard.
Unit sizes will vary with 18 studios, 21 one-bedrooms, 27 two-bedrooms, and 22 three-bedrooms. The developer aims to create a good home for large families and households with special needs. Parking will be included for 45 cars using stackers and an unspecified quantity for bicycles.
MWA Architects is responsible for the design.
Nibbi is the general contractor, with construction expected to cost around $50 million. Construction work is on-track with topping-out and facade installation expected to start in mid-2023 and move-ins expected in early 2024.
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Good that Berkeley is planning on more housing especially for the presently unhoused in a transit available area. Why not make more housing and save cost by eliminating the unnecessary “Parking will be included for 45 cars” and possibly increasing the “unspecified quantity for bicycles.”?