New renderings have been revealed for the North Berkeley BART Station redevelopment in Berkeley, Alameda County. The project will reshape a sea of surface parking with hundreds of homes, an extension of the Ohlone Greenway, and public open space. The detailed illustrations provide a comprehensive view of the proposed transit-oriented district.
The project is being led by North Berkeley Housing Partners, a joint venture of AvalonBay, BRIDGE Housing, East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, and Insight Housing. The current plan will create 750 apartments, half of which will be affordable. Construction would bring seven apartment structures and several three-story townhomes. Of the seven apartments, five will be six floors tall, and two close to Sacramento Street and Virginia Street will rise eight floors tall.
David Baker Architects is collaborating with Yes Duffy Architects for building design. The illustrations provide a detailed overview of how the public will experience the redevelopment from the surrounding streets and inside the public open space. The taller apartments will form a gateway view from Sacramento Street toward the iconic BART Station rotunda.
EinwillerKuehl is overseeing the landscape architecture. A special focus on open space will include trees lining the pathways, several small gardens, and a shaded colonnade section along Ohlone Greenway. Native flowers and plants will draw in local pollinators. Mid-block pedestrian connections will be added on all four sides.
The multi-block BART Station is bound by Virginia Street, Sacramento Street, Delaware Street, and Acton Street. Residential will be provided for 310 cars, with access to the garage on Delaware Street.
Project approval is expected as early as 2024.