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2401 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, California. A 1939 design by renowned architect Walter Ratcliff Jr. Contiguous UC Berkeley campus at the center of the Graduate Theological Union, this singular +/-21,193-square-foot classic is situated on a gorgeous parcel of +/-29,217 square feet with mature landscaping. A major seismic retrofit was completed in 1995.
LOCATION —The land and structure is situated at a truly world-class location; the Northern Edge of the UC Berkeley Campus at the very center of the renowned Holy Hill area — the premier area for religious studies in the United States. Directly across Scenic Avenue from the Pacific School of Religion, next door to the Starr King School for the Ministry, and across the street from the Graduate Theological Union Library.
ZONING —Zoned R-4H, Multiple Family Residential-Hillside, allowing for higher density multiple unit housing with a hillside protection element. Permitted uses include religious assembly, schools, offices, hotels, and high density multi-unit residential. The General Plan Designation is High Density Residential which includes certain institutional uses.
FLOOD ZONE —Located in Flood Zone C "not a flood hazard area" on FEMA Map CP3 0600040002A dated 9/1/1978.
SEISMIC ZONE —The property is located approximately 3/4 of a mile west of the Hayward Fault, but is not located within an Alquist-Priolo Special Studies Zone.
APN NUMBER —Alameda County Assessor's Parcel #058-2193-007.
SITE / BACKGROUND
The property consists of a single corner parcel fronting on the north side of Le Conte Avenue for approximately 165 feet and on the East side of Scenic Avenue for approximately 185 feet. The property is irregular in shape and totals 29,217 square feet, according to County of Alameda Records.
HISTORY — The original sanctuary building was built for the University Christian Church and completed in 1939. Designed by famed architect Walter Ratcliff Jr. who was the first City architect for the City of Berkeley and designed numerous structures of merit in the Berkeley area. In 1956 a two-story addition designed by Ratcliff Architects was added. The street appearance of the property is spectacular and the sanctuary can best be described as breathtaking.
LOT AREA:+/-29,217 SF
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IMPROVEMENTS —The lower level is a large multi purpose dining room/auditorium with stage, a commercial kitchen, a number of classrooms and offices, a restroom and utility rooms. In 1956, a two-story addition known as the "Student Center" was completed which is attached to the original structure. This building has several offices, a restroom and a large meeting room on the main level, and several offices and a restroom on the ground level.
CONDITION OF IMPROVEMENTS —The property is generally in good condition. Seismic upgrades were completed in 1990 and 1995. Items of deferred maintenance include electrical panel upgrades, roof replacement, re-pointing and waterproofing of the brick work on the tower, waterproofing at the main entry to the main floor off of Scenic Avenue, repairing of some concrete spalling at both main entry areas, replacement of the heating units, repaving of the asphalt parking lot and concrete driveway apron, and some additional seismic reinforcement. Contractors bids for the above work are available for inspection, the costs of which total in the $400,000 range.
STRUCTURE / IMPROVEMENTS
The existing improvements consist of two reinforced concrete, wood frame and masonry structures comprising the Ecumenical Center of Berkeley. The original church (and principal structure) was completed in 1939 and consists on the main level of a large sanctuary with seating capacity of over 300 people, adjacent reception hall, several offices and classrooms, a kitchen, three restrooms and 3-level tower.
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