A preview of the plans for a 12-story residential building to rise on the southeast corner of Shattuck Avenue and Berkeley Way will be presented to Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board tomorrow.
Adjacent to the 205-unit Acheson Commons project, the largest mix-used project ever to be approved for development in Berkeley, the proposed 1951-75 Shattuck Avenue project would rise 120-feet and contain 78 two-bedroom condos, ranging in size from 1,076 to 1,606 square feet, over two floors of retail/commercial space and parking for 91 cars.
As designed by Bay Architects for the Nasser family, the family who built the Castro Theater in San Francisco, the retail along Shattuck would be set back 20 feet from the sidewalk to create a public space for restaurant and retail use.
The early feedback from Berkeley’s Design Review Committee: the setback from the Acheson project is successful, “but otherwise the project massing is too monolithic and does not communicate well with the adjacent development.”
And since the project was submitted to Berkeley’s Planning Department, the department has received “numerous phone calls and correspondence, predominantly opposed to more development in the Downtown and the loss of local businesses,” such as Berkeley Vacuum, which would be displaced by the development.