A pre-application has been filed to replace a single-story auto body shop with eight stories of housing and retail at 2037 Durant Avenue, three blocks from the Downtown Berkeley BART Station, Alameda County. The filing would create 74 new apartments, including some affordable housing. Studio KDA is responsible for the application.
The eight-story infill will replace the existing 13,000-square-foot commercial building. The ground level will be occupied with around 1,552 square feet of retail. Beyond this, information is scarce from the pre-application. Details have not been included about unit sizes, parking, and design details.
The pre-application filing intends to utilize Senate Bill 330, also known as the Housing Crisis Act of 2019. The primary goal of the state law is to provide protection for residential projects that include a certain threshold of affordable housing while complying with local zoning.
The 0.3-acre property is located between Shattuck Avenue and Milvia Street. The property is around the corner from 2028 Bancroft Way, a six-story apartment infill currently topped out. That nearby project has been mentioned before as Scott House Movers helped move an 1897-built shingle housing away from the property to 1940 Haste Street. The 62-foot building will create 37 residential units.
J2037 Durant is also located across the street from IDENTITY Logan Park, by the 16-story proposal for 2420 Shattuck Avenue by NX Ventures, and the construction site for 2440 Shattuck Avenue by the Austin Group.
Jindo Ventures LLC, led by Janice Lee of Pleasanton, is listed as the property owner.
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Great that more housing is being created in a public transit avaible area. Hopefully cost can be keep more manageable by not wasting funding on unnecessary car parking.
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