The designs for an 18-story building with over 300 apartments proposed to rise at 2211 Harold Way in Downtown Berkeley have been refined anew, shifting the building mass to address “urban design concerns about views” and adding a bit more glass, and removing balconies, for contrast.
Fronting Harold Way, Allston Way and Kittredge Street, the Residences at Berkeley Plaza development would rise behind the existing Shattuck Hotel, additions to which would need to be razed along with the existing Hink’s Building/Postal Annex at Harold and Allston in order to clear the way for the building.
Under the newly revised design, the step back from the five story base along Allston has been increased by 23 feet (for a total of 38), with the building mass shifted towards Kittredge and a glass curtain wall system wrapping around the east side of the building’s northern and southern shoulders.
The unit count (302 apartments) remains the same, with an average unit size of 731 square feet (up from 729). And the residential open space atop the building has increased from 14,535 to 16,406 square feet.
At the base of the building, the ground floor retail and/or restaurant space has increased from 10,535 to 10,597 square feet and now includes a 341 square foot outdoor dining area at the corner of Harold and Kittredge.
As the proposed building and prominent corner had previously appeared:
The privately owned but publicly accessible open space at the corner of Kittredge and Harold has been decreased from 1,872 to 723 square feet and bicycle parking has decreased from 100 to 74 spots, while the proposed theater has increased from six to ten (smaller) screens with a total of 641 seats, and parking has increased from 171 to 177 spaces for cars.
The Environmental Impact Report for the 2211 Harold Way development was certified this past June. A special ‘Study Session’ of the newly revised design will be held this week. And the hearing at which the development could be approved has been scheduled for the 30th of September.