For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Matthew Taecker, Principal Planner for Downtown Berkeley , (510) 981-7487

DOWNTOWN BERKELEY STREETS AND OPEN SPACE
Open House to be held on Saturday, February 6, 2010

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, January 13, 2010) - A "Street and Open Space Improvement Plan" (SOSIP) is being developed to enhance Berkeley's Downtown.  The SOSIP will develop schematic designs, design guidelines, and a financing strategy for improvements to make Downtown more pedestrian-friendly, bike-friendly, livable, and attractive. 

Please come to an "Open House" to explore design options for Downtown, from 10:30am to 12:30pm on Saturday, February 6.  The Open House will be held at the North Berkeley Senior Center (1901 Hearst Avenue at MLK)

At the Open House, community members will consider and comment on opportunities for:

  • Public plazas, outdoor dining, community gardens, and other amenities;
  • Wider sidewalks and increased landscaping;
  • New bike lanes and facilities;
  • New street trees where they are now missing; and
  • Enhancing the ecology of creeks and the Bay connected to Downtown.

Input received at the Open House will be used by the design team and members of the four Commissions who will guide the SOSIP:  the Parks & Recreation Commission, the Planning Commission, the Public Works Commission, and the Transportation Commission. 

Community members are encouraged to attend future meetings on the SOSIP, where opportunities for public comment will be provided.  As it becomes available, information and meetings for the SOSIP will be posted at:  http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/SOSIP/, or contact Matt Taecker, Principal Planner for the Downtown, at mtaecker@ci.berkeley.ca.us or 510-981-7487.

SOSIP funded by a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) with matching funds provided by the City of Berkeley.

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