The revised plans for a less-bulky, 18-story building that’s proposed to rise in Downtown Berkeley were presented to the community last night.
As proposed, the 2129 Shattuck development, which would raze the existing Bank of America building on the site, includes a replacement Bank of America and 8,000-square-feet of restaurant and café space on the ground floor; a 92-car garage on the second floor; a 280-room hotel with conference facilities on floors 3-12; and between 35 and 45 condos across the top six floors of the 330,000-square-foot building.
From a plugged-in reader who attended last night’s meeting:
“This is not a regular tourist hotel – instead, it is an extended stay hotel with [300-square-foot] microunits designed for people staying for a month or semester (most likely customers being visiting faculty or researchers).”
And from the development team, which now includes the Pyramid Hotel Group:
“2129 Shattuck will transform Berkeley’s most prominent corner at Shattuck and Center Street into a mixed-use high-rise hotel that has been a long-held policy priority and will confer countless community benefits. The project will replace the suburban-style Berkeley main-branch Bank of America with an 18-story architectural presentation that reflects Berkeley’s spirit and culture.”
“The project’s high intensity will reinforce downtown Berkeley as a sustainable transit-oriented urban center, where relatively minor car use is expected from residents, employees and visitors.”
The project team is planning to formally submit its revised application for the project this month or next, with hopes of having approvals in hand by the end of the year.