2136-2154 San Pablo Avenue Mixed-Use Project

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Berkeley
Document Title
2136-2154 San Pablo Avenue Mixed-Use Project
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
West Berkeley Commercial (C-W)/Avenue Commercial (AC)
Document Description
The project would demolish the existing 9,000-square-foot, one-story building on the project site and construct a six-story, mixed-use building. The proposed building has the following characteristics: •Six stories (69 feet 6 inches) in height; •A total of 123 dwelling units and three live/work units (including six loft-style units)and three live-work units; •A total of 82,824 square feet of gross floor area (including a density bonus); •A parking garage with 50 vehicle parking spaces; •A secure, ground-floor bicycle storage room with long-term parking for 64bicycles and short-term parking for eight bicycles; and •A total of 6,319 square feet of open space. The three live-work units and six loft-style dwelling units would be at the ground floor, with the live-work units fronting on San Pablo Avenue and the loft-style units facing the back of the lot and George Florence Park to the west. Each of the live-work units would have a mezzanine for exclusively residential space (Figure III-4). The ground floor would also include a community room, lounge, mail room, trash room, parking garage, and bicycle storage room. Floors two through five would be comprised of 117 dwelling units, consisting of 36 studios, 76 one-bedroom units, and five two-bedroom units. The building’s massing would step down from six stories at the front facing San Pablo Avenue to four stories at the rear towards the west. West-facing rooftop gardens would be accessed via the fourth and sixth floors. The project also features a common open space area at the podium level (level 2) facing west, toward the rear of the property. Automobile access to and from the parking garage would be provided via a driveway at the northeast corner of the building on San Pablo Avenue. Pursuant to State Density Bonus law, the inclusion of 10 very-low-income (VLI) units entitles a project to a density bonus of 32.5%, or 31 units (added to the 95-unit base project, for a final project of 126 units), waivers to building height and floor-to-area ratio development standards, and a concession to reduce the vehicle parking requirement.

Contact Information

Hannah Chan Smyth
Agency Name
Urban Planning Partners
Job Title
Associate Planner
Contact Types
Consulting Firm

Sharon Gong
Agency Name
City of Berkeley
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Cross Streets
San Pablo Avenue and Allston Way
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
I-80, I-580, SR13, SR 123
BART and Union Pacific
See full list below
San Francisco Bay, Strawberry Creek
Other Information
SCHOOLS WITHIN 2 MILES OF PROJECT SITE: Berkeley Highschool, The Berkeley School, Berkeley Independent Study, Berkeley Little School, Berkeley Technology Academy, Black Pine Circle School, The Crowden School, Fusion Academy, Garden Day Montessori School, Longfellow Middle School, Magnolia Children’s School, Malcolm X Middle School, Marin Elementary School, Ocean View Elementary, Oxford Elementary School, Rosa Parks Elementary, Ruth Acty Elementary School, Shu Ren Elementary School, Walden Center and School, Washington Elementary School.

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 4, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)
Development Types
Residential (*plus three live-work units)(Units 123, Acres .53), Commercial (Sq. Ft. 1245, Acres .53, Employees 2)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Cultural Resources, Hydrology/Water Quality
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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