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Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Lawsuits filed to stop building of Harold Way complex

Update: This story was updated Jan. 15 to add another lawsuit. Scroll to the bottom of the story for details. Kelly Hammargren, one of the most active opponents of the planned 18-story high-rise at 2211 Harold Way in downtown Berkeley, filed a lawsuit Wednesday charging that the city of Berkeley did not do an adequate environmental […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Berkeley approves construction of Harold Way high-rise

After three years and 37 public meetings, the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday night approved plans to build an 18-story, 302-unit mixed-use complex in Berkeley’s downtown. The vote, which followed five hours of public testimony, requires the developer, HSR Berkeley Investments, to pay $4.5 million into the city’s Housing Trust Fund, on top of the […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Community, Housing & Development

Berkeley City Council to consider Harold Way appeals

There have been more than 35 public hearings over the 180-foot-high 302-unit building proposed for 2211 Harold Way and at most of those meetings a dedicated group of people has objected to its construction. Tonight may be their last chance – at least before the issue goes to court – to thwart what they consider […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Community, Housing & Development

Berkeley council says affordable housing, union labor should be priority community benefits

The Berkeley City Council took its first steps Tuesday to prioritize which community benefits it will require from developers, and affordable housing and local union jobs were the top priorities. Council members said other priorities could include ensuring that businesses impacted by the 18-story apartment building proposed at 2211 Harold Way, particularly Habitot Children’s Museum — […]

Posted inCity

Long-time Berkeley progressives back referendum drive

The group that collected 7,896 signatures to force a City Council redistricting plan onto the ballot spent more than $5,000 on paid signature gatherers in January, but only raised $2,790, according to a campaign disclosure report filed with the city. The single largest contributor to the campaign was Michael O’Malley who co-owns The Daily Planet with […]