People's Park Housing: Open House #3

COVID-19 Update: In light of restrictions on public gatherings throughout the State of California, the third public open house for the People’s Park Housing project is being offered online, rather than in-person. We invite you to learn more about the project below and share your thoughts in this virtual format.

Welcome to the virtual open house!

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. Since then, the project has held numerous meetings with stakeholders, presented to student and community groups, and held two public open houses to gather feedback and listen to the community. This virtual open house will be the final opportunity for public comment during this early design phase. More information on the project, the development of the design, and additional opportunities for public comment will be made available during the environmental review (CEQA) process in late-2020/early-2021.

Feedback received from this virtual open house will be used to inform the ongoing design. Please note that the design team is unable to respond to every comment received, but all comments are welcome and will be considered as part of the design process. The virtual open house will be open for comments until Monday, April 27, 2020.

The Virtual Open House includes four sections:

We invite you to participate by watching the video, scrolling through the text and images, and taking the survey.

I believe the university has a responsibility for the park, and a responsibility to collaborate with the city to change the character of the neighborhood for the better. Through this new design, we will honor the rich history and important legacy of People's Park, while reimagining it as a place where all people can come together, where we can provide permanent homes for unhoused members of our community, and build needed housing for our students.
Carol Christ, UC Berkeley Chancellor

Part 1: Video Overview

Narration by:

Marsha Maytum FAIA, LEED AP
Principal,
Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects

Walter Hood
Creative Director and Founder,
Hood Design Studio

C Berkeley - People's Park Housing: Open House 3, Project Overview


Part 2: Introduction to the Project Program

Four Key Components

As described in the Chancellor’s vision statement, the project has four primary components: create critically-needed new student housing for up to 1200 students; build supportive housing for formerly homeless and very low income residents, in the range of 75 to 125 apartments, with in-house supportive services; revitalize the open space of the park to be safe and welcoming to all community members, and; recognize and celebrate the legacy of People’s Park through a commemoration program. The size, shape, and character of the buildings, open space and commemoration program have all been influenced by the feedback received to date.

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People's Park Housing: Four Key Components
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Who We've Talked With

During the design process so far, the design team and UC Berkeley project leaders have spoken with a wide array of stakeholders and community members during a series of listening sessions. In these sessions, participants provided feedback about the past, present, and future of People’s Park, the values of People’s Park, and what excites and concerns them about the project. The list of community leaders, groups, and stakeholders who have given input so far is shown here. During the public open houses, all interested community members were invited to provide feedback as well.

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People's Park Housing: Who We've Talked With
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What We Heard

We received a range of feedback from stakeholders and community members throughout our engagement process. The themes in the graphic here represent participants' concerns, hopes, and aspirations for what the park could be.

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People's Park Housing: What We Heard
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Part 3: Updates from the Design Process

What We're Doing

Shown here is the current design for the project site, which will continue to evolve based on new feedback. Key features include a large central open space; preserved existing trees along Bowditch Street; a compact building footprint for student housing along Haste Street; and a second, smaller student housing building with an open ground floor that allows the park to continue from one side of the site to the other. The supportive housing, which will be developed by the non-profit Resources for Community Development (RCD), is located to the west side of the site with a view of the park.

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What We're Doing: Building Features
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What We're Doing: Sustainability Strategies
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What We're Doing: Site Features
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What We're Doing: Commemoration Opportunities (In Progress)
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Neighborhood Connections, Sun, and Shadow

The project team has studied the neighborhood, the site, and listened to feedback, to understand how to place the buildings and open space for the best access to sunlight and the least impact on neighboring buildings. Keeping the park open to the south provides the most sunlight on the park. Placing the buildings on Haste Street prevents shadows from falling on the neighbors on Bowditch Street. The buildings are pulled back from the corners to provide access to the park from all directions.

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People's Park Housing: Neighborhood Connections
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Proposed Buildings and Views

The student housing building will have a compact footprint in order to maximize the open space on the south and center portions of the park. The main tower is proposed to be sixteen stories over a basement level, stepping down to eleven stories near Bowditch Street. The south wing is proposed to be six stories over an open ground floor. The supportive housing building is proposed to be five stories tall with both support services and campus use on the ground floor.

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Proposed Buildings and Views: Updated Scenario
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Proposed Buildings and Views: Views of the Site (Animation)
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What's Next

After this Virtual Open House, the project will continue to be refined and developed over the following months. In the next phase, project design will continue during the Environmental Review process, while the Commemoration Program continues to be explored and developed. Questions to guide the design team in developing the Commemoration Program are included in the survey.

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People's Park Housing: What's Next
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Part 4: Brief Survey and Learn More

The survey is now closed. Thank you for participating.

The open house #3 survey was open from April 17 through April 27. Feedback received will be used to inform the ongoing design. Please note that the design team is unable to respond to every comment received, but all comments are welcome and will be considered as part of the design process.

Our public engagement process is ongoing. There will be additional opportunities for public comment during the environmental review process.

Want to Learn More?

Please visit the People's Park Housing project page to learn more about the project background, public outreach, and information from open houses #1 and #2.

For more information on student housing, campus-wide sustainability, or supportive housing, visit:

UC Berkeley RSSP / Student Housing website: https://housing.berkeley.edu/

UC Berkeley Sustainability website: https://sustainability.berkeley.edu/

Resources for Community Development website: https://rcdhousing.org/

For general inquiries and media requests:
Kyle Gibson, Director of Communications
capitalstrategies@berkeley.edu