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Posted inHousing & Development

6-story mixed-use building could replace Berkeley gym

Update, 5:55 p.m. Dana Ellsworth of the project team told Berkeleyside the gym will remain in place for three more years while the project team seeks permits. Original post, 10 a.m. The days may be numbered for a popular gym in downtown Berkeley, in a nearly 100-year-old building on Addison Street, with an application submitted to the city that […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Luxury rental housing to replace Berkeley offices

A 2-story office building in downtown Berkeley is slated to be replaced by a 7-story building with 107 luxury apartments and no retail. The project, at 1950 Addison St., between Milvia Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, was approved Thursday night by the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board. A ground-floor parking garage will have space for 68 […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety, Video

Police arrest 2 after Bonar music video shoot

[Editor’s Note: This story was updated after publication to include a comment from Berkeley rap musician Hotboi Weez.] Police arrested two men on suspicion of firearm-related violations during a music video shoot on Bonar Street in West Berkeley over the weekend. At about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, police received several calls about a group of 10 […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Berkeley plans ‘very efficient garage that people will be happy to come to’

As plans proceed for an updated municipal garage on downtown Berkeley’s Center Street, project details are firming up, and the plan for where people can expect to park while construction is underway has been released. The city is planning to demolish its circa 1958 5-story parking structure at 2025 Center and replace it with a modern 8-story structure […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

ZAB to downtown garage developer: Step up your game

Berkeley zoning board members told the developer of the Center Street garage overhaul at a project preview session last week that they want him to go above and beyond the submitted plans in terms of green features and physical design. “I am dismayed by this project in a major way,” said Zoning Adjustments Board Commission Chairman Prakash Pinto on Thursday night. “It’s rather […]

Posted inHousing & Development

Berkeley Center Street garage project gets first review

The Center Street garage project, which proposes a larger, greener and seismically safer parking structure for downtown Berkeley, is slated for discussion at the upcoming Zoning Adjustments Board meeting this Thursday. Until construction is complete, the project is likely to cause downtown parking to become more difficult than it already is. Under the current plans, an 8-story […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety, Video

Cluster of police arrest resistant homeless man (video)

Several readers asked Berkeleyside to find out why it took seven officers to detain one man in downtown Berkeley earlier this week. Wondered Stefanie Kalem: “Anybody know what just happened with seven cops and one very agitated man on the corner of Shattuck and Addison?” The incident drew some attention because it took place in a […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

San Leandro man to face murder, gang charges after 2013 Berkeley killing

Update: On April 14, 2017, Krishna Ferreira was convicted of voluntary manslaughter as part of a plea deal. He was sentenced to serve his time in San Quentin State Prison and will be eligible for parole in August 2025, according to prison records online. Original story: A 24-year-old San Leandro man has been ordered by a […]

Posted inCrime, Crime & Safety

Exclusive: Alleged killer says sexual advances toward girlfriend prompted Berkeley homicide

Michael Diggs, the homeless man charged with killing a 54-year-old Berkeley man with a hatchet in late February, told police he snapped after the victim walked naked into the bathroom where Diggs’ girlfriend was showering, then tried to force her to have sex with him. Police arrested 29-year-old Diggs in early April in connection with the killing of Sylvan Fuselier in Berkeley more […]