Memar Properties
Ashby Arts

Status: 2008 (dual entitlements achieved for 98 unit market rate and 98 unit senior affordable developments)
Project value: $38,000,000
Total No of Units : 98
Retail (gross) : 7,500
Site s.f. : 34,210 s.f.
Acres : .79
Units/acre : 125 d.u./acre
Spaces/s.f. com. : 1/500 gross s.f.

Current Projects
Ashby Arts
Parker Place
McKevitt Volvo - Fiat - 2007

Completed Projects
Wesley Foundation - 2009
Peralta Creek - 2006
Longs Drugs - 99C Only Mixed Use - 2002
Everett and Jones BBQ - 2005
Humboldt Apartments - 2005
Peralta Creek Homes - 2005
Claremont Colby Offices - 2006
Wesley Student Housing - 2008
Adeline Lofts - 2002
Alcatraz Apartments - 1995
Allston Commons - 1994
Allston House - 2007
Ashby Apartments - 1995
Ashby Court Apartments -1998
Ashby Lofts - 2007
Bancroft Senior Homes - 2001
Hearst Studios - 1994
Hillegass Avenue Commons - 2001
Hookston Senior Homes - 1999
Oak Street Terrace - 2005
Peter Babcock House - 1996
Prince Street Apartments - 1997
Sacramento Garden Apartments - 1997
Sacramento Senior Homes - 2006
Shattuck Senior Homes - 2000
Sierra Garden Apartments - 1996
University Neighborhood Apartments - 2005

Map of all projects

  Ashby Arts

1200 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702

Project details   |   Project specs

Challenges
Higher crime low community investment neighborhood, low density residential adjacency, impacted traffic intersection, difficult entitlement process, existing neighborhood groups organized around preventing change – strong NIMBY contingent, former gas station.

Vision
Well designed, appropriately scaled, transit oriented, mixed-use sustainable infill development, spark neighborhood reinvestment, housing near West Berkeley/Emeryville job centers, viable retail, community oriented/neighborhood gathering space, target young professional renters or first time home buyers, prominently mark important Berkeley gateway, bridge between West Berkeley arts and Ashby Arts District.

Result

Positive overall neighborhood reactions, solid core of neighborhood support, local business support, strong contemporary design with neighborhood gathering place, strong corner tower design marking gateway. Quality of project and program resulted in relatively short entitlement period. On March 23, 2010 The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to reallocate housing trust funds to the Ashby Arts project: http://berkeley.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=653 , affirming the Council's original allocation of housing trust funds on July 23, 2009:http://berkeley.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=590
 


Product:

Mixed-use infill development project with 98 residential units (for rent or for sale), 7,500 square feet of retail

   
Approvals: City of Berkeley Use Permit and Design Review, entitlements, State Density Bonus, Mitigated Negative Declaration.
   
Status: 2008 (dual entitlements achieved for 98 unit market rate and 98 unit senior affordable developments)
   
Value: $38,000,000
   
Partners:
Rawson, Blum and Leon of San Francisco.
   
Lenders:
First Republic Bank
   
Sustainability:
LEED Silver
   
Carbon Savings
Greenhouse Gas Savings: 352,800lbs/year; Energy Savings: 6,860,000 BTU/year; Vehicle Miles Traveled reduction: 980,000 miles/year (39,000 gallons of gas, 712 barrels of oil)
   




Number of units  
2 bedroom 31
1 bedroom 59
studios 8
Total No of Units 98
3 bedrooms 20
   
Area  
Retail (gross) 7,500
   
Density ratios  
Project gross s.f. 168, 811 s.f.
Site s.f. 34,210 s.f.
Acres .79
Total bedrooms 129
Bedrooms/acre 164
Units/acre 125 d.u./acre
   
Parking  
Total 113 spaces
Spaces/unit res. 1/unit
Spaces/s.f. com. 1/500 gross s.f.


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