Plans to raze the two-story commercial building at the corner of Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way, in the heart of Downtown Berkeley, have been in the works since 2016.
And as proposed by Mill Creek Residential, an 18-story building will rise up to 180 feet in height upon the Walgreens site, with 274 apartments over 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail space fronting the new BART Plaza and a basement garage for 103 cars.
From WRNS Studio, the architects of the project:
“The project engages the 7-story base and 18-story tower into a dialogue of distinctive forms and material sensibilities. The building’s facades are composed to feature a fabric of shade screens – or “shutters” as we call them. The shutters tune the amount of light and shadow on the south-facing balconies providing a unique spatial experience for the residents and, in turn, create a dynamic façade that weaves together at the corner of Shattuck and Allston.
To further distinguish the massing and allow for multiple readings at the urban scale, the building’s base is characterized by a strong expression of rich structure and dark-textured materials, while the taller section takes on a lighter, more-ephemeral palette that reflects the sky.”
Having qualified for a streamlined review, the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project could be certified by Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustment Board on Thursday.
And if the EIR for the “Shattuck Terrace Green Apartments” project is certified this week as expected and recommended by the city’s Planning Department staff , the overall development could be approved by the city by the end of this winter or spring.
In addition to the new ground floor retail space, into which Walgreens is expected to return, the development also includes a ground floor storage room for 100 bikes with a built-in repair space for residents. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.