Acheson Commons Receives Approval For $90MM Investment In Berkeley; Set To Commence 4Q 2013

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205 Units of Transit Oriented and Sustainable Multifamily Infill Residential Development Includes $6 Million of Historic Renovation, Plus an AC Transit Pass for Every Residence.

(Berkeley, CA – 17 January 2013) – The first major entitlement under Berkeley’s new Downtown Area Plan, Acheson Commons, cleared another major hurdle with its unanimous final approval by the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board in late December. Fronting University, Walnut and Shattuck Avenues, Acheson Commons will continue to encompass approximately 33,250SF of ground floor retail, with the addition of 205 units of transit-oriented and sustainable urban infill residences incorporated into the site. Included within the approved plan is an AC Transit Pass for every residence, in addition to 21 Below Market Rate Housing units.

Being developed by Equity Residential, in collaboration with local Berkeley architects and planners, Kirk Peterson Architects and Rhoades Planning Group, the $90 million project also encompasses $6 million to restore historic facades and materials. The highly anticipated project, which was also approved unanimously by Berkeley’s Design Review Committee and the Landmark Preservation Commission, is expected to not only bring 350 more residents to the city’s core, but new temporary and permanent jobs.

According to Peter Solar, vice president of development for Equity Residential, “Having been a part of the Berkeley community for many years, Equity Residential is committed to bringing a quality, sustainable, transit oriented, and thoughtfully designed project to a part of the city that will benefit greatly from the restoration, housing and reinvigorated retail. Located next to transit, the University campus, and employment centers, we envision Acheson Commons to be a pedestrian-friendly and community gathering place for years to come.”

Mark Rhoades of Rhoades Planning Group, who has more than 20 years of experience as a city planner commented, “This type and level of community reinvestment by Equity Residential is good for Berkeley, but it also signifies a leadership role that goes beyond this one project. A national developer has made a commitment of resources to a core city, which is in line with emerging national environmental and demographic trends to place density in well-served, transit-rich environments. Acheson Commons is a model urban infill development that will bring tremendous vitality and a high quality of urban living to Berkeley’s downtown.”

Equity Residential currently has approximately 450 units of for-lease, multi-family units in Berkeley, having been an active member of the community for approximately five years.

About Equity Residential
Equity Residential is an S&P 500 company focused on the acquisition, development and management of high quality apartment properties in top U.S. growth markets. Equity Residential owns or has investments in more than 400 properties located in 13 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on Equity Residential, please visit our website at

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