If approved and permitted by the City of Berkeley, the entire Fourth Street block bounded by Fourth Street, Heart Avenue, the Union Pacific Railroad corridor, and University Avenue will be leveled and a 2.2 acre development will rise up to five stories and 71-feet in height across the 1900 Fourth Street site which currently serves as a 350-space parking lot across from the landmark Spenger’s restaurant.
As designed by TCA and BCV Architects for Blake | Griggs Properties, the proposed development would yield 155 apartments; 30,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; a new public/private garage for 372 cars, including one space for each apartment; and 13,000 square feet of open space spread across the ground, second-story and rooftop levels.
The commercial space would be divided into 10-15 individual spaces across the ground floor of the development, primarily fronting Fourth Street but with a few spaces along an interior paseo and a couple of storefronts at the corner of University and Fourth and along Hearst as well.
While the site is designated as a City of Berkeley Landmark for its association with the West Berkeley Shellmound, a sacred site and burial ground for ancestors of the Ohlone Indians, a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) doesn’t condemn the proposed project.
Comments on the EIR will be collected through January 12, 2017. And if the EIR is certified, the project could be approved by Summer of 2017.