The pre-application permit has been filed for the six-story residential infill at 2800 Telegraph Avenue in South Berkeley, Alameda County. The new filing comes with a new floor and three more units than the initial filing in June of last year. With 16 units, the proposal will replace a low-slung commercial structure with 16 large apartments. Trachtenberg Architects is responsible for the design.
The 71-foot tall structure will yield around 19,940 square feet, with 18,390 square feet for housing and around 800 square feet for the one-car garage. Additional parking will be included for 19 bicycles. Unit sizes will vary with one studio, 10 three-bedroom units, and five four-bedroom units.
The application makes use of the State Density Bonus program, including one affordable unit for a very low-income household to increase residential capacity and overall height from three to six floors. Submission of the pre-application also includes a request to qualify for Senate Bill 330, the pivotal Housing Crisis Act of 2019, which prohibits agencies from rejecting proposals with affordable housing that conform to the zoning code.
Berkeley-based Trachtenberg Architects is responsible for the design. The slightly taller plan retains the straightforward design we saw in June with thin tan-colored bricks and metal infill panels around the windows. Vines will be installed around the ground level, framing the curtainwall system that will floor the office lobby and leasing room with natural light.
The 0.08-acre property is located along the city’s commercial thoroughfare of Telegraph and Stuart Street. For regional transit, the closest BART Station is at Ashby, less than twenty minutes away, passing by the city’s famed Berkeley Bowl Marketplace.
The estimated cost and timeline for construction have not yet been established. Adlai Karim is the property owner.