If approved this week, the five-story, 440-space Center Street Parking Garage at 2025 Center Street in Downtown Berkeley, which is owned by the City, will be razed and an eight-story, 711-space replacement garage will rise upon the site.
The proposed structure includes a new location for the Downtown Berkeley Bike Station, which would move from Shattuck Avenue, with valet parking for around 270 bicycles and 640 square feet of retail space for bike repairs, accessories sales and rentals. An adjacent area with 56 spaces for BikeLink pass holders would be managed by the Station as well.
Along Addison Street, which the structure also fronts, a small retail space is intended to be occupied by a quick-service restaurant or cafe with an adjacent 285-square-foot area for art.
A 7,500 gallon cistern would be installed at the ground level to collect rainwater for irrigation purposes and Photovoltaic solar panels would be mounted above the parking spaces atop the building.
The garage includes 24 electric vehicle (EV) charging spaces with conduits pre-installed for an additional 33. And if approved as proposed, the demolition of the existing garage and construction of the new parking structure will take around 12 to 14 months to complete.