1370 University Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Acton Courtyards Berkeley Student Housing
Units 71
Area 20,000sq. ft.
Density 180 units/acre
Commercial Uses Bakery, Offices, Sign Shop
Completion Date August 2003
Low Income Units 20
Architect HDO Architects
General Contractor Oliver & Co.


Project Description

Acton Courtyards was the first project to be completed pursuant to Berkeley’s University Avenue Strategic Plan. This plan was adopted to encourage mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented development as a way to revitalize Berkeley’s main east-west street. The project has been credited for greatly reducing crime and nuisances at a formerly problematic intersection.

The Acton Courtyards’ site was acquired under a state program that allocated a surplus property to affordable housing projects. 28% of the units in Acton Courtyards are reserved for lower income households.

The principals of Hudson McDonald completed the state agreement transferring the property, managed the design and entitlements process, secured project financing through California’s affordable housing bond program and managed the construction and initial lease-up of the project while employed by developer Panoramic Interests.