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Posted inHousing & Development

2 historic Southside Berkeley homes on the move, literally

A complex tripod of moving history is about to take place in South Berkeley. In a unique and probably first-ever-in-Berkeley arrangement, two historical houses, one a city designated landmark, and the other a designated structure of merit, will be hoisted and trucked to a vacant lot a few blocks from their current locations, for a […]

Posted inBusiness, Housing & Development

Development may come to Spenger’s lot in Berkeley

After months of poking, prodding, sifting and examining soil, an archeological dig beneath the parking lot across from Spenger’s restaurant on Fourth Street found no evidence it had ever been home to a Native American shellmound. The findings that the site was not historically important means the owners will seek to develop it. “Investigators found no historically significant […]

Posted inBusiness

Commission votes to restrict large drugstores in Berkeley

Regulation to limit the number of large drugstores in Berkeley was approved by the city’s Planning Commission on Wednesday night, sending the proposed zoning change to the City Council for a final decision. If approved by the City Council, the law would prohibit a controversial new Walgreens from locating on 1830 Solano Ave., currently the site […]

Posted inBusiness

Berkeley to consider restricting large drugstores, future of proposed Solano Ave. Walgreens store in the balance

Berkeley is set to consider whether to limit the number of larger drugstores in the city, at least in certain neighborhoods, which may put a halt to disputed plans by Walgreens to open a new store on upper Solano Avenue. The issue will be discussed at the city’s Planning Commission meeting Wednesday, March 19. If the commission, a […]

Posted inHousing & Development

A dig in a Berkeley parking lot seeks shellmound answers

So what’s lurking behind the recently erected wire fence around the Spenger’s parking lot, on Berkeley’s Fourth Street? That’s precisely what the property owners are trying to find out with an archeological dig. And not for the first time. “My hope is to clarify what cultural resources might exist so we can make the best decision […]

Posted inNature

Rattlesnake sightings prompt call for caution

Hikers, runners, and bicyclists along Tilden Park’s popular Skyline Trail have been greeted by something new in the past several days: a large, white poster-board sign scribbled with an unusual warning. “Rattlesnakes seen on this trail — use caution,” says the handwritten sign, mounted on an A-frame style roadblock on Upper Springs Trail where it cuts down from […]