Proposed Shattuck Condo Site Owned by Choyce Family Trust: By RICHARD BRENNEMAN

Friday November 26, 2004

The owner of the site of the proposed five-story condo and retail project planned for 2701 Shattuck Ave. is the Choyce Family Trust, the creation of the Rev. Gordon Choyce Sr., pastor of the Missionary Church of God in Christ and head of low-income housing builder Jubilee Restoration. 

The trust purchased the property on June 17 from A1 Shattuck, a limited liability corporation (LLC) based in San Francisco. The sales price according to the Alameda County Assessor’s office, was $1.475 million. 

Thirteen days after the sale, Choyce’s son filed papers creating another LLC, 2701 Shattuck Condominiums, although the family trust remains as legal owner. 

The site developer is Ronnie Turner, a former city housing supervisor, now vice president of the board of the Rev. Gordon Choyce’s Jubilee Restoration Inc. 

Berkeley’s Design Review Committee last Thursday panned Turner’s plans and called for a height reduction to four stories.