Youth Spirit Artworks will look for a new site for its tiny houses for homeless youth, after the Ohmega owner decided to sell the lot instead of renting it to the organization.
Some people who spend time in the storied Berkeley park acknowledge the need for housing but worry about the park’s future; others say the plan should not go ahead, period.
Construction could begin in the summer of 2020 and be completed by 2022. The university said the park is an ideal place because development will address housing and homelessness.
The fees to help maintain and improve Berkeley’s stormwater and lighting systems have not been increased in decades. Berkeley is seeking funds to modernize its infrastructure.
The university may build 700 units for students, as well as 100 units for people experiencing homelessness. There would still be a park, although it would be smaller.