Groundbreaking set for transit improvements near El Cerrito del Norte

Grounbreaking set for transit-oriented improvements near El Cerrito del Norte Station

The City of El Cerrito will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the El Cerrito del Norte Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Complete Streets Project on Wednesday, March 6, at 10 a.m. 

This event will take place in front of the Mayfair Station development at 11600 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito.

The project spans several streets along and around San Pablo Avenue and will include enhanced and new protected crosswalks and bicycle lanes, bus boarding islands, circulation improvements, and various streetscape enhancements.

As a result of the project, cars will be able to enter the BART station at Cutting Boulevard in addition to Hill Street.  Currently, cars can only exit the station onto Cutting Boulevard.

Traffic signals will also be updated and “attractive street elements will help ‘create place’ for the community’s visitors with the addition of trees, bike racks, benches, and pedestrian lighting,'” the city said.

A transit island on San Pablo Avenue will provide dedicated space for bus riders, clearing sidewalks and bicycle lanes.

The city secured $12.8 million in regional, state and federal grants, as well as developer funding and other city sources, to design and construct the project.

The transit-oriented development will serve new housing near the recently-modernized BART station, including Mayfair Station, the 156-unit, market-rate housing project that will soon feature three groundfloor businesses including a small grocery store.

A second building of 69 below market rate units is scheduled to begin construction in Summer 2024. 

City officials say residents of these projects and the surrounding area will find it more convenient to travel via bicycle or public transit.

“These transit-oriented developments, on what was a single vacant lot, provide substantial new housing, amenities, new public open space and landscape improvements as well as contribute overall economic activity to the del Norte area,” the city said. 

Photo: Aerial site photo with Project Area highlighted and outlined by red line.