The city was not swayed by the developers' appeal for a 260-unit complex with 130 affordable apartments.
The hotel only went forward after the Council twice agreed to defer fees owed by the developer. That lowered the developers' upfront costs and increased profit margins.
A much-revised proposal for 3000 Shattuck Ave., which features dorm-like larger units, was rejected by ZAB on June 28 — its third time before the board.
West Berkeley Investments said Berkeley erred when it decided its project, with 130 affordable units, could not be fast-tracked under SB 35.
Like other large development proposals in Berkeley, this unusual dorm-like co-living project is testing opinions on what’s needed to best solve the city’s housing crisis.
Which properties would become rent-controlled after a repeal, and which would be exempt? Berkeley voters could make the call in November.
Tuesday brought the latest setback for what has been a controversial proposal to build 260 housing units over what is now the Spenger's parking lot on Fourth Street.
The plan to help the unhoused falls short because there is no mechanism to place people in long-term housing and the city is not building any low-income housing to help them.
Sometimes when neighbors object to a project and work with the developers, the building gets better. Sometimes it just gets stopped.
Berkeley, already among the most expensive places to build in the East Bay, just raised the price tag for developers who do not include affordable units on site.
Berkeley officials voted unanimously Tuesday night to prioritize a plan to build what was described as the city's largest ever supportive housing development for the homeless.
City staff say there are too many referred projects designed to ease Berkeley's housing affordability crisis, and priorities need to be set.
Berkeley is in the throes of a significant affordable housing crisis and higher fees on market rate projects will help mitigate the crisis.