Hey-o! The Berkeley City Council has approved its Downtown Area Plan! What downtown, you ask? Ha! You're such a jaded San Franciscian! We guess it's the area near the Downtown Berkeley BART station, which is close to the University of California, Berkeley campus. The plan is fit to turn downtown Berkeley into a "lively, more sustainable urban destination" than it is now. So, what's in the plan? The Planning Commissioners are all for taller downtown buildings, specifically because they want to achieve "higher density development" and "associated public benefits." UCB is all over it, too. The plan calls for 800,000 square feet of new development in and adjacent to Downtown. Booyah! Let's see if these even gets close to happening.
· Downtown Berkeley's Growing Pains [Transbay Blog]
· Downtown Area Plan [City of Berkeley]