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Posted inHousing & Development, Opinion

Op-ed: The Harold Way Project, as presented, will sacrifice Berkeley’s unique character

The construction of the first, true high-rise in the city of Berkeley (in this case the Harold Way Project), will forever change the nature of our very unusual, human-scale city. Under the unfortunately voter-approved Downtown Plan, once the high-rise limit is breached, the city will never turn back as it rushes forward to become part […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Housing & Development

New plan calls for 10 theaters at 2211 Harold Way

The developer of 2211 Harold Way and Landmark Theatres are nearing a deal to increase the number of movie theaters in the 302-unit building in downtown Berkeley to 10 — but detractors say the changes do not go far enough. After discussions with Ted Mundorf, the CEO of Landmark, Joseph Penner of HSR Berkeley Investments has […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Berkeley council adopts community benefits package

The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday to clarify its approach to the community benefits required of developers who wish to construct buildings taller than 75 feet downtown. Seven of these buildings were approved when Berkeley residents voted in favor of the city’s Downtown Area Plan in 2010, but the type of significant community benefits required of those projects was left vague to […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Housing & Development, Opinion

Op-ed: Let’s say ‘yes’ to a vibrant downtown Berkeley

As a long-time resident and member of the Downtown Area Planning Committee I have participated in ten years of planning, debate, initiatives, referendums and heated viewpoints on the future of our downtown. After two decisive votes, the hugely popular new plan is finally underway with exciting new buildings proposed that will contribute greatly to achieving our community […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development, Schools

Council declines to overturn LPC vote on Campanile Way

Amid a raucous meeting that ran past 1 a.m., the Berkeley City Council essentially dismissed an appeal that sought to have the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission reconsider an earlier decision not to grant protected status to Campanile Way. Three council members — Max Anderson, Jesse Arreguín and Kriss Worthington — voted in favor of the appeal, with Mayor Tom […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development, Schools

Berkeley council to hear Campanile Way landmark appeal

The group of Berkeley residents that lost a petition to the Landmarks Preservation Commission to landmark the view from Campanile Way is now appealing that decision before the City Council tonight. The group, led by former LPC Commissioner Steven Finacom, is concerned that a development at 2211 Harold Way would mar what they argue is a historic […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Berkeley leaders approve community benefits package; ZAB votes to certify Harold Way EIR

Proponents of downtown development in Berkeley won two victories Thursday night after city leaders and commissioners approved a proposal for community benefits related to tall buildings and, in a separate meeting, certified the environmental impact analysis related to the first tall building in the pipeline, at 2211 Harold Way. The Berkeley City Council held a special […]

Posted inOpinion, Schools

Op-ed: Developers should permanently share with the Berkeley community the wealth created by tall buildings

With respect for this community as a whole, I believe Berkeley City Council’s most fundamental objectives regarding downtown development have little if anything to do with funding housing for families with low and moderate incomes. Yes, better designs and development of such housing with everything needed to support it are critical to future life in […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

With Harold Way EIR approval on hold pending new design, Berkeley officials to consider community benefits

After two recent discussions regarding the environmental impact analysis for a tall building proposed at 2211 Harold Way, the Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board agreed Thursday to delay action pending new plans expected from developers. City staff told the zoning board at its May 14 meeting that the developer is modifying plans in response to Design Review Committee feedback in April. […]