Regents approve report on controversial Berkeley project

The Associated Press
Friday November 17, 2000

University of California regents on Thursday gave the go-ahead to a development at the Berkeley campus despite objections from neighbors and some students. 

The development, known as the Underhill area projects, is spread out over five blocks on the city’s south side. It would add housing for 870 students as well as parking, dining commons and offices. 

Campus officials say they need the expansion, but critics say the project is too dense. 

City and community leaders said they needed more time to review final environmental impact documents on the project. The City Council voted to ask regents to wait until January, when the regents will meet in San Francisco, meaning more people from Berkeley could attend. 

But UC officials decided to go ahead, saying they needed to meet project deadlines. 

Some Berkeley residents made the trip to the regents’ meeting in Los Angeles Thursday to speak against the project. 

Nick Papas, a member of the Berkeley campus student government, criticized the development because it includes a parking structure. 

“We could build a tremendous amount of housing on this site. Instead we’re building parking,” he said.