“This is a beginning of a process,” Mayor Jesse Arreguín told a passionate crowd Tuesday.
The city must make sure the development is appropriate for Berkeley and is not just a vehicle to maximize BART’s revenues.
The memorandum of understanding the City Council will sign with BART will make 35% of the housing affordable
The City Council will soon enter into a memorandum of understanding with BART on how to build housing on the sites. A community advisory group will help consider zoning changes and priorities.
That will provide housing for many, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the neighborhood.
Ural Dixon has been selling the San Francisco Chronicle at North Berkeley BART since 2007. Dwindling sales mean he will be out of a job after Friday. In this video story, commuters who appreciate his cheerful greetings and taste in music describe why they will miss him.
The City Council unanimously voted to work with BART on the planning process, and established Berkeley’s broad vision for the site.
The designer hopes that games such as ‘North Berkeley’ will help those who play them better identify and understand the concerns of the different constituencies around specific debates.
There are many better sites for building housing than the North Berkeley BART station. San Pablo Avenue corridor is well-suited for multi-family homes, for instance.
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.
Another pedestrian was taken to the hospital with a head injury Monday night after being struck by a driver in North Berkeley, authorities report.