UC Berkeley Plans Whole Foods, Senior Housing Along San Pablo Ave.

By Richard Brenneman
Thursday July 23, 2009 - 09:43:00 AM

UC Berkeley wants someone to demolish “approximately 35 structures located at the UC Gill Tract Agricultural Field Station in Albany.” 

The move comes when Albany residents are evaluating two major UCB developments along San Pablo Avenue, one a Whole Foods store and the other a senior housing project with commercial development along the avenue. 

The request for demolition bids came in an advertisement for bids posted by the contracts division of UCB’s Capital Projects department. 

Demolition contractors have until 2 p.m. Aug. 2 to submit bids on the project, which the university estimates will cost about $250,000. 

The site is located just near the Albany-Berkeley border on San Pablo Avenue, and the proposal for bids comes two weeks after the university’s draft environmental impact report (EIR) on the University Village at San Pablo Avenue began its public review period before the City of Albany. 

City review is mandated because the project includes two projects, each with retail. 

The first site, located on San Pablo between Village Creek and Monroe Avenue, would feature a 55,000-square-foot Whole Foods store and parking lot, while the second, adjacent block to the south between Monroe Avenue and Codornices Creek, would have retail along the San Pablo Avenue frontage and 66 units of senior housing to the rear. 

A public hearing on the EIR will be held Tuesday night, July 28, at the Albany Planning and Zoning Commission, which meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave. 

The EIR is available online at www.albanyca.org/index.aspx?page=521.