The four-story apartment complex on Walnut Street sits on land that might become part of a new 850-bed student housing project known as the Gateway.
The building would be part of a complex that could house as many as 1,200 students and 125 community members who need supportive housing. Cal is seeking public comment through April 27.
Critics say the university should postpone plans until the COVID-19 crisis is over. UC Berkeley officials say the law requires the school to proceed now.
Coping presents a particular challenge in co-ops where food, labor and living space are shared to reduce the cost of housing.
The money will go to faculty positions, scholarships, student housing, research and more.
It’s been described as a cave dwelling, a wizard’s house and a Moorish palace. A recently unveiled building to house UC Berkeley students has been a long time coming — and its unusual design is causing a stir.
It will take a year for changes to come before the Berkeley City Council, but they could include room for three more high-rise residential buildings.
Berkeley Home Match placed just nine students this year but plans to place 100 students in the coming years.
Chancellor Carol Christ tells Berkeleyside progress is being made on the university’s housing plans. Also: Buildings that might come down because of seismic issues, and the novel experience of a balanced budget.
Since 2014, there have been 1,022 housing units built, across 17 projects, according to the latest “housing pipeline” report issued by the city. About 842 units, in 15 projects, are expected to be done by 2020.
Settlement discussions between the two sides did not go very far, even though Berkeley and Cal both say they want to resolve their differences outside of court.
The Regents of the University of California are scheduled to vote Wednesday on the Upper Hearst Development project to create faculty housing, a parking garage and a new academic building for the Goldman School.