Berkeley: 2631 Durant Ave 18 Unit Apartment Building to Be Replaced by 57 Unit Building

Rendering: Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects.
If you've been near College and Durant lately, you may have noticed an older apartment building that has been boarded up at 2631 Durant. While it's normal for construction projects to be delayed, it's hard not to feel bad for the developers of this project who have been trying to get their project approved by the Berkeley Design Review Committee since the Fall of 2013. This is not to say that I don't appreciate the work that the DRC does and I think it is absolutely necessary to hold developers to high design standards. As a development enthusiast it can be tough to weigh the importance of high quality infill architecture against the economic realities of building housing in an expensive (and largely anti-development) place like the Bay Area. If you're curious, you can check out the different designs the project has taken since 2013 by clicking here. The latest design, by famed San Francisco architect Stanley Saitowitz is, in my opinion, the best yet - very attractive, modern and clean. It'll stand out nicely in an area dominated by mostly forgettable post-war architecture (not to mention the brutalist former Berkeley Art Museum). Fingers crossed this project will be approved soon.

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Rendering: Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects
Rendering: Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects

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