The BART Rotunda that stood sentinel in Berkeley for more than 40 years is being torn down to make way for a new entrance to the station.
Patrons using the Downtown Berkeley BART station will have to use another entrance for six to seven months.
Over the next six months, there will be changes to how patrons access BART as the refurbishment of the BART Plaza continues.
When construction is completed in September 2017 Berkeley will have a BART plaza with a more open layout, better lighting, a signature glass awning, new bus stops, and places for special events.
The BART Board of Directors this morning unanimously approved the contract to start construction of the Downtown Berkeley BART Plaza and Transit Area Improvement Project. The project will replace the current rotunda with a new glazed entrance to the BART station, and change the sea of red bricks that dominate the current plaza design.
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Downtown Berkeley will host a new bar crawl called CupidCon on Saturday afternoon for Valentine's Day.
More than 100 people attended an open house Monday to assess the latest proposal for significant updates to the downtown Berkeley BART plaza.
A new project underway to improve the BART plaza in downtown Berkeley is gaining steam, with a public workshop scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Major changes are in the works for Berkeley’s downtown BART plaza, with two public meetings about the project coming up in January.
Berkeley expects to get $12.7 million in grant funding for changes to BART Plaza, Shattuck Avenue and Hearst Street that should make life easier for people using the Downtown BART station and buses, biking to campus and even just driving through the center of town.
Berkeley City Council last night unanimously approved both the Downtown Streets & Open Space Improvement Plan (SOSIP) and a schedule of fees that will help fund the proposed projects. SOSIP aims to help create a more pedestrian-oriented neighborhood downtown, and will help guide the design of parks, plazas and streetscapes in the area.