As proposed, the Downtown Berkeley retail complex fronting the west side of Shattuck Avenue, between Durant Avenue and Channing Way, will be demolished and an eight-story development dubbed “Logan Park” will rise up to 87 feet in height across the 2352 Shattuck Avenue Site as newly rendered below by Johnson Lyman Architects for the Austin Group:

Technically two buildings, the development would yield a total of 206 residential units, of which 15 would be offered at well below market rates, over 11,460 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, off street parking for a total of 93 cars in two ground-level garages, and a rooftop terrace and courtyards fronting Durant, leveraging a density bonus to allow the development to rise over 60 feet in height.

And while the proposed design has been refined a bit since it was first previewed by Berkeley’s Design Review Committee, to which the refined design will formally be presented this evening, the proposed development’s height and number of parking spaces haven’t been reduced as preliminarily recommended by the City’s Zoning Adjustments Board but the building’s mass along Channing Way has been setback by 20 feet to provide a bit more light and privacy to its neighbors.

We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in

9 thoughts on “Refined Designs for Building up in Berkeley”
  1. Berkeley just outlawed gas-fired stoves but they’ll consider this building with habitat for 93 cars 300m from a BART station. Priorities, people.

    1. “proposed development’s height and number of parking spaces haven’t been reduced as preliminarily recommended by the City’s Zoning Adjustments Board” So yes, they’ll consider it: a process which includes the option of rejecting it.

      What I find remarkable – no, incredible! – here, is there’s an actual tenant shown in the retail space…and it’s a bank 🙁

        1. You may be right about the reason , or maybe they’re lending the money…it’s just so unusual to see an actual name on these renderings, I guess I lost my head there for a minute.

    2. They only banned natural gas lines for low rise, low density new construction. It wouldn’t even apply to this. Not that it matters anyway; all-electric homes are the future.

      1. Nobody who is serious about cooking would ever live in a home with no gas. An electric range is just way too limiting.

        1. That opinion would have been correct 25 years ago. It’s not today. Modern induction cooktops and ranges offer more precise and consistent control. And most people that blindly believe in the necessity and superiority of gas cooking have cooking skills far below the capabilities of even mid-range cooking appliances.

          Kind of like how a crazy number of people believe that non-granite countertops can’t be as good or better than granite.

          Personally, I blame HGTV.

  2. Downtown Berkeley is woefully underdeveloped. I welcome this and other things that are happening right now. (I live at Parker Apartments, btw.)

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