The Draft Environmental Impact Report has been published for the six-story apartment complex at 2136 San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley, Alameda County. The new documents allow the public to share their thoughts with the city about replacing the existing single-story commercial structure with over a hundred homes. Realtex Group is the project developer.
Trachtenberg Architects is responsible for the design. Illustrations show the apartment complex will rise six floors directly over San Pablo Avenue, capped with a straight cornice. The west elevation will be stepped down to three floors overlooking the George Florence public park, with fourth-floor terraces for residents and four gabled roofs to express residential vernacular between separate units. The facade will be clad with stucco, cast-in-place concrete, and metal panels.
Thomas Baak & Associates is responsible for the landscape architecture. This will include sidewalk improvements, six private backyards connected to the lofts, a second-level shared courtyard, and rooftop decks on levels four and six.
The 69-foot tall structure will create around 126 dwelling units, including 117 apartments, six loft-style residences, and three live-work retail spaces. Apartment sizes will vary, with 36 studios, 76 one-bedrooms, and five two-bedrooms. The application specifies that ten units will be designated as affordable to very low-income households.
The property is located along San Pablo Avenue between Addison Street and Allston Way. The Berkeley Amtrak Station, serviced by Capitol Corridor, is less than 15 minutes away on foot. North Berkeley BART is just twenty minutes away on foot, while Downtown Berkeley is under 20 minutes away by bus.
Construction is anticipated to last approximately 18 months, from groundbreaking to completion. The estimated starting date has yet to be established.
The initial study published this week starts a 45-day public review period lasting until December 4th, 2023. For access to the Draft EIR and information about how to submit comments, visit the city website here and search for the zoning application using Permit Number ZP2021-004. The Draft EIR is accessible through the record information’s attachments.