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Posted inBusiness, Crime & Safety, Fires, Housing & Development

Building begins on site of Sequoia Apts fire on Telegraph

Construction work has begun on a new, 43,000-square-foot, mixed-use building at 2441 Haste St. and Telegraph Avenue, the site of the former Sequoia Apartments that burned down in a catastrophic fire in November 2011. The new structure will include 42 apartments on four stories, and see the return of two popular Berkeley restaurants: Raleigh’s Bar & Grill […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Community

Telegraph Ave. scrubbed, cleaned in beautification effort

The deployment of neon-clad “ambassadors” to paint over graffiti, power-wash streets, and sweep sidewalks along Telegraph Avenue is the latest in a series of attempts to revitalize a business district which has seen better days. The “Big Splash” effort by Kentucky-based firm Block by Block began March 14, kicking off a year-long, $240,000 ambassador pilot […]

Posted inBusiness, Fires, Housing & Development

New building proposed for Sequoia site on Telegraph Ave.

The owners of the property at 2441 Haste St. at Telegraph, scene of a devastating fire in Nov. 2011 that destroyed the five-story Sequoia Apartments, have submitted a proposal to the city of Berkeley to build a new 42-unit, 43,000 sq ft apartment building. The project would also include retail spaces intended for two restaurants that […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Fires

Telegraph named a disaster zone to help the fire-affected

Telegraph Avenue has been declared a disaster zone in order to provide federal aid to businesses, homeowners and tenants affected by the November 18th fire at The Sequoia Building. The declaration, which was signed today at state level, is seen as a welcome move by Al Geyer, head of the Telegraph Avenue Merchants Association, who says several businesses […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Fires

Demolition of Sequoia Building halted after wall collapse

The demolition of the Sequoia Building at 2441 Haste Street was temporarily halted after part of an exterior wall on Haste Street accidentally collapsed on Wednesday, causing a violation of the demolition permit. The result is that the building will now be taken down to a lower height than originally planned. Kenneth Ent, the owner of the […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Fires

Sequoia fire accidental, started in elevator machinery

Investigators for the Berkeley Fire Department say the five-alarm fire that broke out on November 18th at 2441 Haste Street originated in and around the elevator machinery in the basement of the five-story building, and that the fire was accidental in nature. The BFD issued a statement Wednesday afternoon to say the onsite investigation phase of […]