Our vision for North Berkeley BART
Maximize homes for all!
Build more than the BART TOD minimum of 75 units/acre. Having 1,000 homes* should be on the table
Well-designed density will enhance the neighborhood
Density enables vibrant street life and increased bus frequency
We don't want a 100% market rate development (and that won't happen anyway per the MOU), but some market rate units will help pay for things we want like a nice greenway and lots of affordable homes
Ensure equitable development
Maximized the number of affordable units to very low income and low income people.
A variety of sizes in apartment homes: studios as well as family-sized units
Market rate units will not only help pay for more affordable ones, but there are many kinds of people who cannot take advantage of subsidized housing: first responders, students, some people with disabilities, undocumented residents.
We think the number of affordable units is more important than the percentage. Climate change, homelessness, and housing affordability are urgent issues and we can't wait 10-20 years for funding to be found for a large amount of subsidized housing.
Create safe routes for kids, people with disabilities, pedestrians, and cyclists
More parking = more cars. Reduce local traffic by not replacing all parking spaces
Prioritize connections for commuters arriving on foot, transit, or by bike
Complete streets on Sacramento, while already in progress, will ease the way for more non-drivers to get to the station
Drivers with disabled placards should have parking priority (with some spaces for carpools and electric vehicles as well)
Foster meaningful public space
Prioritize the Ohlone Greenway as the most important route going through the project, by creating a diagonal connection from Sacramento & Delaware to Acton & Virginia
Make a pedestrian-oriented space/plaza with a relationship to the BART entrance, which both commuters and locals can use and enjoy
If there is non-residential space, provide a variety of sizes in commercial spaces, so mom & pop stores can afford to rent, as well as chains and non-profits
*- When we refer to "homes" we mean individual units in apartment buildings or townhouses, not single family homes.