Please visit the Chancellor's Housing Initiative website for more information about the shortage of available and affordable housing for UC Berkeley's students and untenured ladder faculty, and plans to address this urgent concern.
The shortage of available and affordable housing for Berkeley’s students is a matter of urgent concern for the campus and the community. At present, Berkeley has the lowest percentage of beds for its student body of any campus in the UC System, which is exacerbated by the fact that the campus is situated in one of the tightest housing markets in the country. As part of a comprehensive effort to address student needs, and the challenges facing the campus and its urban neighbors, in May 2018 the University announced plans to redevelop and revitalize People’s Park.
The proposed People’s Park Housing project will include three components: 1) student housing, 2) supportive housing with onsite services that help formerly homeless and lower-income persons live in dignity in the community and would be developed and managed by a non-profit partner under a ground lease with the University, and 3) open landscaped areas. The new student housing would help mitigate UC Berkeley’s severe student housing shortage, while the supportive housing will provide safe and supervised living that is affordable and permanent. The project design will also commemorate the legacy of People’s Park.
Following a public submissions process, in July 2019 the University chose two firms as partners in this effort. Resources for Community Development, a Berkeley based firm with over 35 years of experience, was selected to develop and operate the supportive housing component. The Bay Area architecture firm LMS (Leddy Maytum Stacy) has also been selected as Executive Architect to master plan the entire site and to design the student housing component.
REIMAGINE PEOPLE’S PARK WITH US
Join us for the second of three open houses that are open to all members of the campus and the community. Open houses are formatted as drop-in events. There is no formal arrival time. The project architects and campus planners will host conversations about various aspects of the project at stations around the room.
Open House #2:
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Krutch Theatre, Clark Kerr Campus (Building 14)
Address: 2601 Warring Street, Berkeley, CA 94720
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Open House #2 Focus: Feedback on site plan concepts, receive input on commemoration themes and ideas, and share information about UC Berkeley student housing and supportive housing in the Bay Area.
Open House #3 – To be announced (April/May 2020)
Focus: Feedback on the refined site plan.