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Posted inHousing & Development

New affordable housing project headed for Berkeley

This proposed four-story, 23-unit project on San Pablo Avenue is partially funded by Berkeley’s Housing Trust Fund. Image: HKIT Architects This proposed four-story, 23-unit project on San Pablo Avenue is partially funded by Berkeley’s Housing Trust Fund. Image: HKIT Architects A vacant lot in West Berkeley is slated to become an affordable housing complex aimed mostly at people with disabilities after a unanimous […]

Posted inHousing & Development, Opinion

Op-ed: Why oppose building new homes for the homeless?

The homeless are the most marginalized and dispossessed people in the United States. To be homeless is to experience a wide spectrum of discrimination. In the past decade, legislation seeking to criminalize the homeless has gained popularity in cities that are fed up or exasperated with the “homeless problem”. The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty reported that […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

‘Innovative’ housing with rooftop farms set for Southside

A photo-simulation of Garden Village at 2201 Dwight Way in Berkeley. Image: Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects City zoning board members approved a 77-unit mixed-use housing development near downtown Berkeley late last week, expressing excitement about a “unique” design set to include more than a dozen working rooftop farm plots and a novel approach to parking. “Garden […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

‘The Aquatic’ wins easy approval from Berkeley officials

The Aquatic mixed-use development at 800 University Ave. in Berkeley could open by summer 2015. Image: Trachtenberg Architects A proposal for a new University Avenue mixed-use development, set to include 58 units, sailed through Berkeley zoning board review Thursday night, winning acclaim from commissioners for what they said was its beautiful design and sensitivity to […]

Posted inHousing & Development

Berkeley aims to bolster housing fund with fee discount

Six housing projects planned for the broad downtown area would be subject to the city’s affordable housing requirements. Image: Google Maps Six housing projects planned for the broad downtown area would be subject to the city’s affordable housing requirements. Image: Google Maps Berkeley officials voted Tuesday night to reduce, temporarily, a fee required of developers in […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development, Schools

Council sets fee for affordable housing mitigation

A new mitigation fee gives developers flexibility on how to handle affordable housing requirements in Berkeley. Photo: Tracey Taylor Developers of new residential rental properties in Berkeley can now choose to pay into a special city fund instead of including on-site affordable housing after an 8-1 vote Tuesday by the City Council. It’s the latest […]

Posted inCity

Council considers affordable housing, plastic bag ban

Jesse Arreguín: “desperate need” for affordable housing Jesse Arreguín: “desperate need” for affordable housing The Berkeley City Council last night passed Councilmember Jesse Arreguín’s proposal to move to an up or down vote on an affordable housing mitigation fee at an October meeting. The city has been debating a fee since the Palmer/Sixth Street Properties […]