One project will serve seniors. The other will serve the homeless, veterans, and low-income residents.
BART has the authority to build what it wants at the station, but the City Council and neighbors weighed in this week.
The time has come to tear down the North Berkeley BART parking lot and put up a mixed-use neighborhood center that includes housing and is designed to be compatible with the character of the surrounding residential area.
State and city laws have made it easier, in theory, to build backyard cottages in Berkeley. In practice planners sometimes seem to need to catch up with the new regulations.
The McGee Avenue Baptist Church is using a land trust model that could become more popular as a way to create affordable housing.
A group of neighbors has formed South Berkeley Now! to promote transit-oriented, low-income and service-enriched housing in the neighborhood along Adeline Street in South Berkeley.
Citing the "tremendous" need for new housing in Berkeley, and its location near BART along key transit lines, officials overturned a zoning board vote to reject a five-story "co-housing" project at Shattuck and Ashby.
Randy Shaw argues more apartment complexes must be built in neighborhoods like the Elmwood and Thousand Oaks to ensure teachers and nurses can afford to live here. He will talk at Books Inc. on Thursday.
A new affordable housing project for seniors, on land at Oxford and Cedar streets donated by — and next to — All Souls Episcopal Parish, won unanimous approval Thursday night from Berkeley's zoning board.
Having served on the Rent Stabilization Board, the Zoning Adjustments Board, the Housing Advisory Commission and the Sierra Club board, he has deep experience and understands the issues.
BART must determine the zoning for stations by 2020 and Berkeley must update its zoning to reflect that by 2022. One-third of the housing must be affordable and there are height limits.
Berkeley should use a prefabricated metal building like those used for aircraft hangars to construct a shelter. Land isn't a problem — the building can be put up on a little-used portion of a street.
Most ADUs are not rented to low-income tenants. They may be more affordable than larger units but in California, they can't be counted toward the creation of new low-income housing, a study shows