New illustrations have been revealed for a housing project at 2127 Dwight Way in Downtown Berkeley, Alameda County. The six-story project will create 58 new homes while retaining eight units in two existing buildings. Riaz Capital is the project applicant.
The 68-foot tall structure will yield around 72,250 square feet, with 69,200 square feet for housing and 560 square feet for storing 120 bicycles. Alongside the 58-unit building, eight units will be retained in existing buildings at 2129-37 and 2153-59 Dwight Way. Unit sizes will vary with eight one-bedrooms, three two-bedrooms, five four-bedrooms, 30 five-bedrooms, and 20 six-bedrooms.
Eight homes will be designated as affordable housing, with four units for households earning between 30-50% of the Area Median Income, 1 unit for 50-80% AMI, and three 100% AMI units. Riaz will be able to use the State Density Bonus program and Senate Bill 330, thanks to including below-market-rate housing.
Levy Design Partners is responsible for the design. The San Francisco-based design firm has drafted a typical podium-style infill, conforming to the 0.56-acre lot with setbacks and material variation to articulate the massing. LDP writes that the project uses “different materials and planes [to] create a rhythm that enhances the pedestrian experience while minimizing the building’s scale and mass. Along the ground floor, recessed areas with plantings, an angled lobby wall and an exposed exterior stair provide visual interest and create an active presence.”
The Guzzardo Partnership, now known as TGP, is overseeing the landscape architecture. The half-acre lot will see a network of pathways for pedestrians to access units, lobbies, and bicycle parking. CBG is the civil engineer.
The proposal will fill out a lot at the southern edge of Downtown Berkeley between Shattuck Avenue and Fulton Street. AC Transit access is found along the avenue, while the Downtown BART station is just 12 minutes away on foot.
Illustrations were published along with new filings by Riaz for zoning permits and a preliminary design review application. The estimated cost and timeline for construction have yet to be established.