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March 11, 2003 Public Hearing: 

  1. Mixed-Use Project at 2517 Sacramento Street

    Pursuant to the order of the Alameda County Superior Court in Bowman et al v. City of Berkeley (Case No. 2002 057279), the City Council will hold a public hearing to consider an application for a mixed use project with 34,751 square feet of gross floor area and 5,420 square feet of covered parking at 2517 Sacramento Street in the South Area Commercial (C-SA) District.  The project consists of the demolition of a 5,766 square foot commercial building and construction of a new building containing three residential stories above parking and 3,354 square feet of commercial space. The ground floor would also include a senior housing common area/multi-purpose room, laundry room, lobby, and maintenance room and manager office. The 40 dwelling units located at the second, third and fourth floors would include two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studio units. 39 of the units would be affordable units for qualifying senior citizens and one unit would be reserved for the manager. 17 parking spaces and one tandem space would be provided on site. The project is entitled to a density bonus and additional concessions or incentives pursuant to Government Code Section 65915 (b) because at least 50% of the total dwelling units will be reserved for qualifying residents as defined in Civil Code Section 51.3.  The following use permits would be required:

    • Use Permit pursuant to Section 23C.08.050 to demolish a 5,766 square foot commercial building.

    • Use Permit pursuant to Section 23E.52.030 to construct a mixed-use development consisting of a four-story, 34,751 gross square feet building with 40 dwelling units, 3,354 square feet of retail space, 18 parking spaces (including one tandem space), with 5,420 square feet of covered parking.

    • Use Permit pursuant to Section 23E.52.050 to construct more than 3,000 square feet of new gross floor area.

    • Use Permit pursuant to Section 23D.40.080.C to reduce the residential parking requirement by 75% based on occupancy of the dwelling units by persons over the age of 62.

    • Use Permit pursuant to Section 23D.40.070.D.5 to reduce the residential parking requirement from 31 to 12 parking spaces and one tandem space in order to encourage a mixed residential/retail development.

    • Use Permit pursuant to Sections 23E.52.070D.5&7 to allow four stories and a maximum height of 47.5 feet for a portion of the building where a maximum of three stories and a height of 36 feet is allowed.

    • Use Permit pursuant to Sections 23E.52.070.D.5&7 to allow the following modifications: 1) lot coverage of 70% where 40% is allowed; 2) front setback of 0 feet where 15 feet are required; 3) rear setback of 0 feet where 17 feet are required (at 4th floor) and 4) street-side side yard of 0 feet where 12 feet are required (at 4th floor).

    The Council may act on this project at the close of this hearing. Council actions may include adoption of the attached Mitigated Negative Declaration and approval of the project subject to conditions of approval including a reporting program adopted pursuant to Public Resources Code Section 21081.6 to report on completion of mitigation measures that have been required to avoid significant effects on the environment.

     

    Important notes:

    Note 1.       This projectís base unit calculation is 28 units. As part of this project, the applicant requests a State density bonus of seven units and additional incentives in the form of 1) five additional units; 2) four stories and (3) a maximum height of 47.5 feet where Section 23E.52.070.B.3 allows a maximum of three stories and a maximum height of 36 feet.

     

    Note 2.       This project was approved and a Mitigated Negative Declaration adopted on May 28, 2002.  The Council approved a revised Mitigated Negative Declaration on July 12, 2002.The court set these actions aside, and the matter was remanded to the Council for a full and fair hearing. Pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15073.5, recirculation of the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for a 20-day public review period is not required because the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration has already been noticed for public review prior to the Zoning Adjustments Boardís action on the project and the measures and conditions that the Council may add are not required by CEQA, do not create new significant environmental effects, and are not necessary to mitigate an avoidable significant effect.

     

    Note 3.       For further information, please contact Mark Rhoades, Current Planning Manager @ (510) 981-7410.


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Telephone (510) 981-6900; TDD (510) 981-6903; Fax (510) 981-6901
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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