Proposal rendering via SocketSite

Update: Muhammad Nadhiri, a managing partner at Axis, said the size and density of the Mission Creek project have been positively received by planners. He also said the group plans to build its required portion of affordable housing on-site.


Socketsite reported today that Axis Development Group has submitted plans for a mixed-use building with 115 units of housing to be built behind Parque Niños Unidos, in a space that currently houses a restaurant supply retailer and piles of its goods.

Axis describes the future building as a “four-story mixed-use urban living project” with and “urban-inspired design that extends beyond the individual unit walls to welcoming and vibrant spaces throughout the building, up to the roof.”  Mission Creek will also contain garages, resident storage, live-work spaces and small retail spaces at the ground level, and will be built to conform with environmental criteria of the LEED Gold standard.

Axis used some of the exact same verbiage in descriptions for a proposal for a mixed-use development at Stevenson Street submitted in August of last year. Nadhiri said the group has now shifted its focus to the Mission Creek project and will no longer be handling developments at Stevenson street.

In late 2013, the development group also ran into some trouble with the Berkeley zoning board over size and density concerns.

The building’s design is assigned to David Baker Architects, a firm with dozens of affordable and market rate housing projects under its belt. Incidentally, Baker himself offered up the front of his firm’s Shotwell Design Lab to the StoreFrontLab, an experimental community workshop space. The design lab also houses the “why” portion of the 17 Reasons Why sign.

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