50-Unit Multifamily Project “The Adeline” Makes Progress Through Final Design Phase

Realtex Apartments, Berkeley, Johnson Lyman Architects, U.C. Berkeley, The Adeline
Courtesy of Johnson Lyman Architects

By Meghan Hall

A multifamily project in South Berkeley is making its way through the entitlements process and recently wrapped up its latest and final round of design review. According to City documents, the development team for “The Adeline,” a 50-unit mixed use complex, can proceed with its remaining project entitlements.

Proposed by Realtex Apartments of LLC, the project is located at 2902 Adeline Street. The 50 residential units will be broken down into 34 one-bedroom units, 13 two-bedroom units and three residential lofts. The project will also include 4,227 square feet of commercial space composed of three live/work units and two commercial units. 3,551 square feet of open usable space in the form of a rear yard, podium and roof deck are also laid out in the plans.

The six-story development will rise on a 14,065 square foot project site. Three different parcels will be merged in order to accommodate the project. A two-story, mixed-use building formerly occupied by AW Pottery as well as a two-story single-family residence will be demolished to make way for the project. Realtex purchased the paracels in 2018 for $4.225 million.

The architect of record is Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Johnson Lyman Architects. Project documents indicate that the building will be modern in form and will be clad in a mix of materials, including zinc rain screens, anodized aluminum windows, cement plaster and dark bronze accents.

The project has been in the works for a number of years; it was last presented to Berkeleys’ Design Review Committee in September of 2016. The project was appealed a couple of months later, but the City Council ultimately approved a Use Permit in May of 2017.

The property borders residential and commercial neighborhoods. The Berkeley Public Library, Berkeley Flea Market, Walgreens and Berkeley Bowl Marketplace are all located nearby. Downtown Berkeley and the University of California Berkeley are also located within the vicinity. 

The Adeline is nearing the end of the entitlements process as other developments and transformation are coming to Berkeley. In recent weeks, the 124-unit The Laureate obtained $19 million in construction financing. This past month, the Berkeley City Council also adopted items part of U.C. Berkeley’s Long Range Development Plan. In the coming years, the campus will pay the City $82.6 million, part of which will be allocated towards the City’s Housing Trust. The agreement will allow the university to construct a 772-bed housing dormitory. Other housing projects that U.C. Berkeley has in the works, including a residential project planned for Upper Hearst, to move forward.

As of this writing, Realtex had not yet returned The Registry’s request for comment.

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