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SHARE INPUT ON DRAFT PLAN TO ACHIEVE A COMMUNITY VISION FOR THE ADELINE CORRIDOR
Provide feedback at May 29, June 5 meetings via email or mail

Berkeley, California (Thursday, May 23, 2019) - Learn about and weigh in on a draft plan created to encourage and guide the development of properties and streets along the Adeline Corridor so that they better reflect the community's values.

The draft plan articulates a vision and specific goals and actions for the area along Adeline Street and a portion of South Shattuck Avenue - an area with a rich history of cultural and economic diversity and political activism, and that also is facing acute challenges, such as displacement and rapid increases in the cost of housing.

This draft plan was created through several years of presentations, meetings workshops, pop-ups and other outreach events - all of which were designed to involve a broad and deep set of perspectives.  Upcoming meetings on May 29 and June 5 as well as written feedback before July 5 offer other ways to learn or give input.  

The draft plan includes many ideas, but here are five key ones:

  • Having affordable housing account for 50 percent of all units in the area and creating a policy to prioritize new affordable units for current and potentially former residents
  • Envisioning Ashby BART parking lots as a new vibrant neighborhood center that provides high density housing, economic opportunity, and other community uses
  • Creating a property-based business improvement district to support existing businesses, and lead economic development strategies such as attracting new businesses, leading market and promotion campaigns, and coordinating special events
  • Re-imagining large areas of the street to be safer and more comfortable spaces for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Supporting existing community institutions such as the Berkeley Flea Market, South Berkeley Farmers Market, Juneteenth Festival, and future institutions such as the African American Holistic Resource Center.   

The plan does not authorize specific developments or create new funding sources.  It provides a framework for future development. That includes setting priorities for public property, over which public agencies such as the City have greater control over. It also includes zoning regulations and other tools that can be used by private property owners as incentives to encourage development that align with community goals.   A plan such as this also puts the City in a better position for grants, as funders will know proposals in the plan have gone through a community vetting process.

Laws, funding sources and technologies change over time. A key element of this draft plan is that it proposes dedicated staff time to ensure that the plan is implemented and coordinated among all City departments.

Read the draft plan and draft Environmental Impact Report, attend community meetings and give input:

Staff Presentation & Meeting on Draft Plan
May 29, 6:30pm
Henry Ramsey Jr. South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis Street

Planning Commission Public Hearing
Wednesday, June 5, 7:00 PM
Henry Ramsey Jr. South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis Street  

Send written comments:

  • Via email adelinecorridor@cityofberkeley.info
  • Or regular mail:
            Attn: Alisa Shen/Adeline Corridor
            Planning Department
            1947 Center Street, 2nd floor
            Berkeley CA 94704. 

After the 45-day public comment period ends on July 5, 2019, staff will review all input and prepare a summary of potential Plan revisions and a Final EIR. Feedback given by July 5 will be given to the Planning Commission when they review the documents in the fall. The City Council will review the plan and environmental impact report for final approval in early 2020. 

More information can be obtained at the project website, or by emailing adelinecorridor@cityofberkeley.info. Please take this chance to help shape this community vision!

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