Modified plans have been filed for the eight-story mixed-use infill at 1598 University Avenue in Central Berkeley, Alameda County. The application will now create 207 units, down three from the initial plan, with 21 affordable apartments. NX Ventures is the project applicant.
The 89-foot tall structure will yield around 134,050 square feet, with 121,550 square feet for housing, 5,940 square feet for commercial retail, and 6,560 square feet for the 19-car garage. Unit sizes will vary, with 149 studios, 20 one-bedrooms, and 76 two-bedrooms. Additional parking will be included 92 bicycles.
Trachtenberg Architects is responsible for the design. The project proposes a cast-in-place concrete base, insulated metal panels for the residential floors, decorative metal screens at the balconies, and aluminum windows with metal infill panels.
The project is seeking a 50% Density Bonus by providing 21 affordable units to very low-income households. This project is applying under the Housing Crisis Act, SB 330, which seeks to boost homebuilding throughout the State with a focus on urbanized zones by expediting the approval process for and suspending or eliminating restrictions on housing development and limiting the number of public meetings.
The 0.66-acre property is located on the corner of University Avenue and California Street, just ten minutes from the North Berkeley BART Station by foot. The Downtown Berkeley BART Station is 15 minutes away for pedestrians. AC Transit bus lines along University Avenue and Sacramento Street can bring residents to downtown Oakland accessible in less than 30 minutes.
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I like these projects. I hope they have plans to allow more housing so it’s not just half a block deep along arterials. Someone who owns a house the next block over should have the right to transform their own property without being vetoed by neighbors.
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