New renderings have been revealed for a five-story mixed-use infill at 1776-1790 University Avenue in Central Berkeley, Alameda County. The project design by Baran Studio Architect will use simple materials and plain massing to create 17 dorm-style apartments, including two affordable units, above commercial retail. The UC Berkeley Campus is just 10 minutes away on foot.
The 56-foot tall structure will yield around 34,610 square feet, with 25,640 square feet for housing and 780 square feet for commercial retail. Parking will be included for 30 bicycles and no cars, a decision that will promote the neighborhood’s public transit and reduce congestion. Two of the apartments will be designated as affordable for households earning around 30-50% of the Area Median Income.
Baran Studio Architecture is responsible for the design. Facade materials will include stucco, fiber cement siding, metal panels, and shadow box window framing. Demolition will be required for three existing structures, including two retail shops and a vacant house. The 0.22-acre property is located along University Avenue between Grant Avenue and McGee Avenue. The MLK Jr. Civic Center Park is just two blocks away, and the Downtown Berkeley BART Station is six minutes away via AC Transit or four minutes by bicycle.
Alameda-based Wang Brothers Investment is responsible for the application. The estimated timeline for construction has yet to be established.