There was a lot of news on the development front this week with Whole Food formally announcing it will open a new store on Gilman and Tenth Street in the site where Office Depot is now. Office Depot will move across the street. It looks like a new 7-Eleven will be coming to Berkeley as well, although the Zoning Adjustments Board said it could only be open from 5 a.m. to midnight, not 24 hours. Perhaps the development with the greatest significance is the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Construction has started on the $100 million facility at Oxford and Center Streets. The museum’s director, Larry Rinder, contemplated what the museum’s impact might be. And, as a major new civic structure goes up, another may go away. Berkeley residents and City Council members held a meeting to discuss how to fight the U.S. Postal Service’s planned closure of the historic Main Post Office on Allston Way. Since Berkeley’s housing prices are finally rising, there may be some new residents to visit all these place.
It’s been more than a year since Kenny Warren was killed in a hail of bullets just steps away from his uncle’s barbershop on Shattuck Avenue, and Berkeleyside’s Emilee Raguso took a look at the impact of his still-unsolved murder. We had lots of other crime news as well.
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