Berkeley: 3132 MLK - Senior Housing Project Coming to South Berkeley

Rendering: Kodama Diseno Architects
A long vacant lot in South Berkeley may finally be developed as plans for an affordable housing project are moving forward. 

Located just across the street from the Ashby BART station, the new 4-story building will contain 42 apartments reserved for low-income seniors. There will also be a community room on the ground floor of the building. Designs for the project come from Oakland-based Kodama Diseno Architects, a firm that has designed several other affordable and senior housing projects in the Bay Area.  

Though this site is zoned for only a 3-story building, a state law that grants density bonuses for affordable housing projects means that an additional story could be added. A similar project was approved for construction back in 1995 but never came to fruition. 

The area around Ashby BART has seen a few proposals in recent years, most notably the larger residential project at 2902 Adeline as well a mixed-use building at 3031 Adeline. It seems, however, that until the huge BART parking lot is redeveloped, this area will always feel a bit disjointed. 

In any case, I'm glad to see that more affordable housing projects are moving forward especially projects that benefit those communities who tend to be hit hardest by surging real estate prices. 

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March 24, 2016 at 9:49 AM delete

Seems like a good fit for that site. I assume there will be underground parking? Any idea how many spaces? Parking is tough around there, but being so close to the BART station and bus lines means that some or most of the units should not have parking IMHO. What do you think?

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May 3, 2016 at 10:46 PM delete

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