Kragen Auto Site Developers to Meet With Neighbors, By: Richard Brenneman

Friday February 10, 2006

The developers of a massive housing project that will feature a Trader’s Joe store at 1885 University Ave. will meet with neighbors Monday. 

Hudson McDonald LLC plans a five-story, 55-foot-tall project at the northwest corner of University and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, raising alarms from nearby residential neighbors. 

The site is currently occupied by a strip mall anchored by Kragen Auto Parts. The project plan features 156 apartments over a ground floor Trader Joe’s market. 

Neighbors have told the Zoning Adjustments Board that they are worried that the project will throw nearby homes into to shadow and create chronic traffic and parking problems. 

The meeting will run form 7–8:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1744 University Ave. 

The developers are expected to take the project to the Zoning Adjustments Board for approvals in March. 

PlanBerkeley.org, an organization that focuses on development along the University and San Pablo avenue corridors, has posted project plans, drawings and a history of the project on its website. To view them, click on the “Projects” button and then on the address.