2013 Second Street Rendering

The permit to demolish the former Municipal Animal Shelter at 2013 Second Street in Berkeley has been issued.  And if approved, a four story building with 19 live/work lofts dedicated to “Arts and Crafts” uses will rise on the site a few blocks from the Fourth Street retail corridor.

As designed by San Francisco’s Levy Design Partners, the units feature large windows and high ceilings “to provide sufficient workspace for light industrial ‘maker’ uses” and have been finished with resilient materials, such as concrete floors and metal panels.

The lofts average 1,100 square feet apiece, with a ratio of 60% work area to 40% live area as required by Berkeley’s Live/Work Zoning Ordinance. Occupants of the units would be required to obtain a City of Berkeley Business License in one of the permitted Arts and Crafts Uses (which doesn’t currently include “app development” as an art).

2013 Second Street Rendering North

The development’s proposed lobby has been designed to function as a gallery for residents’ art and a ground floor garage would provide parking for 19 cars, with 18 rotating stacker spaces and room for 19 bikes.

Slated to be reviewed by Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board this week, Berkeley’s Planning Department is recommending the project be approved as proposed.  The West Berkeley Area Plan, which was adopted in 1993, precludes a traditional residential project from being built on the site.

Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Michael

    Is Berkeley any more vigilant than SF in enforcing their live/work requirements? Plenty of “artist only” lofts in SF occupied by non-artist types in the city, was a complete zoning scam by developers.

    • Posted by Midge Ure

      Michael,

      Please define “artist” and specify who gets to be one.

      • Posted by eh

        If anybody is an artist, the finance profession has to be near the top of the list.

    • Posted by anon

      I’m really not clear why “artist” should be some protected class.

      • Posted by Brian M

        No, indeed. The only protected class in the United States is “scam artist” (I mean, “financial services professional”)

  2. Posted by invented

    Wtf is a “maker”. (Scream). Is it as opposed to a screen-clutching uber?

    • Posted by eh

      Yeah, in an age of keyboards and phones, aren’t we *all* manual laborers? Anybody who says different is lying to themselves.

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