New renderings have been revealed ahead of a public meeting later this week for the 25-story mixed-use proposal at 2190 Shattuck Avenue in Downtown Berkeley, Alameda County. The mixed-use tower would rise from less than half an acre to contribute 326 apartments to the city’s housing market. Landmark Properties is the project developer.
Initial plans for an 18-story version of 2190 Shattuck Avenue were reviewed by the Design Review Committee in 2018. The additional height increased residential units from 274 to 326 in total. The plans have also increased bicycle parking, affordable housing, and reduced vehicular capacity.
The application uses the State Density Bonus Program, increasing residential capacity above zoning by including 32 affordable housing units. The 32 residences will be affordable for very low-income households or residents earning between 30-50% of the Area’s Median Income. The developer received concessions for reduced parking.
The 268-foot tall structure will yield around 417,210 square feet, with 389,710 square feet for housing, 7,500 square feet for ground-level retail, and roughly 20,000 square feet for the 51-car basement garage with garage access along Allston Way. Unit sizes will vary with 21 studios, 71 one-bedrooms, 113 two-bedrooms, 29 three-bedrooms, 69 four-bedrooms, and 23 five-bedrooms. Additional parking will be included for 295 bicycles.
Trachtenberg Architects is responsible for the design, with Myefski Architects as the executive architect. The new plans have been slightly altered as per city staff recommendations, creating a more neutral palette without brick, adding pavers and landscaping along Allston, and recessing the retail entrances. The exterior will now be covered entirely with plasters, with four distinct hues. A decorative screen railing has yet to be designed.
Humphreys & Partners is the landscape architect. The streetscape will include new planters for trees and shrubs, bike racks, and linear accent pavers. The rooftop deck will see a myriad of amenities across various sections, including two dog runs, a games area, a pool deck with a hot tub, and various seating areas.
Plans for 2190 Shattuck Avenue are scheduled for public review by the Design Review Committee this Thursday, February 16th, starting at 7 PM. For more information about how to attend and participate, see the meeting agenda here.
The 0.46-acre property is at the corner of Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way, next to the southern end of the Downtown Berkeley BART Station. The existing property includes a Walgreens drug store and pharmacy at the ground level and offices on the second floor.
The estimated construction cost and timeline have yet to be revealed.