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UC Project at University Village Back to Planning Commission

The Albany Planning & Zoning Commission on Wednesday will review the 4-story, 177-unit senior housing component of UC Berkeley's proposed commercial development next to University Village in Albany.

Renderings by HKIT Architects of the proposed "Belmont Village Albany," part of the UC Berkeley development plan next to University Village in Albany. Source: Agenda packet, Albany Planning & Zoning Commission meeting, July 24, 2013
Renderings by HKIT Architects of the proposed "Belmont Village Albany," part of the UC Berkeley development plan next to University Village in Albany. Source: Agenda packet, Albany Planning & Zoning Commission meeting, July 24, 2013
The senior housing component of a proposed commercial development by UC Berkeley in Albany will go before the city's Planning & Zoning Commission Wednesday night.

The presentation and commission study session will focus on the proposed 177-unit senior housing project that is part of a proposed development that would also include a Sprouts Farmers Market and other retail uses.

The entire project would be placed on two university-owned lots totaling 6.3 acres on the north and south sides of Monroe Street next to San Pablo Avenue on the east and the University Village student family housing complex on the west.

The 27,000-square-foot Sprouts would anchor the north lot with other retail, while the 4-story senior housing structure would go on the south lot with additional retail.

The senior housing developer is Belmont Village, L.P., and the title of the project presented on plans from the applicant in the commission agenda packet is "Belmont Village Albany." Also on the project team are HKIT Architects, BKF Engineers and VanDorn Abed Landscape Architect Inc.

The project site would occupy 78,162 square feet, with 23,162 feet of open space, according to the plans. The building would include 144,062 gross square feet on four floors.

"The purpose of the study session is to provide the applicants an opportunity to present refinements to the project in response to the Commission’s review in May 2013," the meeting agenda says. "The primary focus of the study session will be on the senior housing portion of the project." 

The meeting, which includes other agenda items as well, begins at 6:30 p.m. (not the regular time) at Albany City Hall.

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