Berkeley Design Review Committee is scheduled to review expanded plans for the residential infill at 3031 Adeline Street in South Berkeley, Alameda County. The seven-story iteration is now poised to create 64 apartments across from the Ashby BART Station. Athan Magganas is responsible for the project as the property owner.
The 78-foot tall structure will yield around 51,660 square feet, with 48,150 square feet for housing and 4,030 square feet for ground-level retail. Unit sizes will vary, with 20 studios, 35 one-bedrooms, eight two-bedrooms, and a three-bedroom apartment. Parking for 55 bicycles and 21 cars will be included, an unfortunate decision given the proximity to BART and the walkable neighborhood. Of the 64 units, 16 will be provided as affordable housing.
Dinar and Associates, an Oakland-based architecture firm, is responsible for the design. The new height for the property has afforded the architects greater space to accentuate the design, articulating the exterior with a semi-gridded motif between units while also creating private terraces across the facade. The corner of Adeline and Emerson Street is the visual focal point, with a glass corner and a vertical fin extending from the lobby door to several feet above the parapet. Facade materials will include exterior panel cladding, wood railing, and porcelain tiles.
SMP Engineers is responsible for civil engineering. Christopher Tigh is the landscape architect. The 0.28-acre property will be improved with street trees and planters.
Along with BART, residents will be just two blocks away from the Berkeley Bowl Marketplace. Various cafes and restaurants are all close by. The project will require the demolition of Flacos, a vegan Mexican restaurant that I greatly enjoy.
The proposal will be reviewed tomorrow, January 19th, starting at 7 PM. During the same meeting, the Design Review Committee will look at 3031 Adeline Street, a residential infill beside the Ashby BART Station. For more information about how to attend and participate, see the meeting agenda here.