To: Berkeley Zoning Adjustment Board members

Berkeley: Stop Gentrification! 2902 Adeline Project Community Benefits Now!

As South Berkeley residents and other concerned members of the community, we demand that the proposed development at 2902 Adeline St include the following community benefits in order to mitigate the negative impacts of the project:

1. Minimum 40% affordable housing, including extremely-low, very-low, and low income units, and family-sized units to maintain the diversity of families who live here.
2. 5% rent proceeds dedicated to community-supporting nonprofits in South Berkeley.
3. Parking spaces for 85% of the units to reduce the impact of parking on neighborhood.
4. Four story building height in compliance with existing codes.
5. Green and safe construction standards.
6. Priority for rehousing displaced South Berkeley residents and hiring local labor.

Why is this important?

Developers are proposing new market rate apartments at 2902 Adeline, threatening to increase neighborhood rents, exacerbate parking and traffic problems, and continue the ongoing process of gentrification and displacement in the Bay Area. If our neighborhood is to be developed, the community demands that these negative impacts be mitigated.

Through a community-led process involving over 300 people, local residents developed these six demands and sent them to the developers on August 12, 2016. We requested but did not receive a response from the developers within 30 days.

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Reasons for signing

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  • Maintaining economic diversity in a community is good for everyone in the long run.
  • These demands are reasonable: any project must benefit the whole community, not just developers.

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