Panoramic Interests has shared new renderings with YIMBY for the 17-story residential tower expected to rise at 2274 Shattuck Avenue in Downtown Berkeley, Alameda County. The infill will replace the shuttered 91-year-old theater while retaining the historical facade for the lobby entrance and cafe. Trachtenberg Architects is responsible for the design.
Along with the renderings, Panoramic Interests shared that the new infill will create 227 apartments, of which 23 will be designated as affordable for very low-income households. A representative for the company said the firm is “committed to restoring the façade and entryway along Shattuck Avenue.” The tower will rise away from Shattuck Avenue, with a staggered massing that elevates the theater facades’ prominence along the thoroughfare.
New planning documents have not yet been released. However, previous plans from August last year state the 182-foot tall structure would yield around 209,900 square feet, with 204,270 square feet for housing and 1,500 square feet for ground-level retail. Parking was included for four cars and 82 bicycles. Unit sizes will include a mix of studios, two-bedrooms, four-bedrooms, and five-bedrooms.
Trachtenberg Architects is the project architect. The new design shows a unified tower facade reminiscent of the Empire State Building’s blonde limestone panels and vertical bands alternating with steel-framed windows.
The L-shaped half-acre property is connected to Shattuck Avenue and Bancroft Way. The building is just one of several in the city’s development pipeline or already under construction, including 2065 Kittredge Street, one of the city’s tallest proposals at 2190 Shattuck Avenue, and the active 2352 Shattuck Avenue site.
The application has used the State Density Bonus Program and Senate Bill 330 to increase residential capacity and streamline the approval process. Once the city issues the building permits, Panoramic will have 42 months to commence construction before needing to apply for an extension. The estimated timeline for construction and completion has yet to be established.