Plans to level the former Northwest Berkeley service station turned abandoned tax office at 1740 San Pablo Avenue are in the works. And as proposed, a five-story building with 48 apartments over 4 street level live/work units and a stacked garage for 53 cars will rise up to 59 feet in height upon the corner site.
As designed by Trachtenberg Architects for Prato Development, the building would be wrapped in a corten steel skin, with 9-foot ceiling heights in the units and large windows. The four live/work lofts would front San Pablo with the building’s garage entrance on Delaware.
The building’s amenities include podium level gardens and a semi-free standing community room in the rear.
And while the site is currently only zoned for a maximum of four stories and/or 50 feet in height, the project team is planning to employ California’s State Density Bonus law to allow for the extra height and 12 more units than would otherwise be allowed, the plans for which will be presented to Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board and the community at large this evening.