Berkeley: 1979 Shattuck - Downtown Berkeley Acheson Commons Development Moving Forward

Rendering: Equity Residential/BDE Architecture
A proposal to redevelop several buildings on the corner of Shattuck and University has been around for over 5 years but it appears that the project is now close to finishing its lengthy approval process. The proposal would redevelop more than half of the city block bounded by Shattuck, University, Walnut, and Berkeley Way. The plan includes over 200 residential units and almost 30,000 square feet of retail space in 4 different structures.

Site A is home to the historic Acheson Physicians Building located on University between Shattuck and Walnut. This building will be completely renovated. When completed, there will be 21 housing units as well as about 6,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor of the 4-story structure.
Site A. Rendering: Equity Residential/BDE Architecture
Site B is a one-story commercial structure on the corner of University and Walnut. Currently home to an ACE Hardware store, an additional 5 stories will be built above the existing structure. With this new addition, the building will be home to 35 residential units as well almost 16,000 square feet of retail space.

Site B. Rendering: Equity Residential/BDE Architecture
Site C is home to two smaller residential structures that have been boarded up and will be relocated. Once the site is cleared, a new 6-story residential structure will be constructed. This will be the only structure to be entirely new and fully residential. Upon completion, this apartment building will be home to 81 new housing units.

Site C. Rendering: Equity Residential/BDE Architecture
Site D is perhaps the most prominent part of the development as it is located on the busy corner of Shattuck and University. Much like site B, it is currently occupied by a one-story commercial structure that will be incorporated into a new 6-story mixed-use building. The new building will bring 68 apartments and just under 7,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space to this prominent intersection.
Site D. Rendering: Equity Residential/BDE Architecture
With this development, the neighboring development at 1951 Shattuck as well as the new UC Berkeley building rising across the street, this area could see an almost complete transformation in the coming years.

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