A summary of what we want at the North Berkeley BART station
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, but market rate units will help pay for things we want like a nice greenway and lots of affordable homes
Ensure equitable development
Maximize the number of affordable units to very low income and low income people.
Variety of sizes in apartment homes: studios and family-sized units
Parking structures are expensive; let’s make all the homes less costly by having less parking
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
Reduce local car traffic by not replacing all parking spaces
Improve connections for commuters arriving on foot, transit, or by bike
Drivers with disabled placards should have parking priority (with some spaces for carpools and electric vehicles as well)
Foster meaningful public space
Make a central space that both commuters and locals can use and enjoy
Complete the Ohlone Greenway from the corner of Virginia & Acton to Ohlone Park
Variety of sizes in retail spaces, so mom & pop stores can afford to rent, as well as chains
*- When we refer to "homes" we mean individual units in apartment buildings or townhouses, not single family homes.