An unidentified prospective buyer has plans to “transform” the 108-year-old California Theatre, one of its owners says.
Renovations to three buildings on Fifth Street mark the start of a developer’s ambitious plans for a 3-acre project that could host nearly 600 workers.
“Sometimes it takes something huge to spark a hard or necessary change,” city staff said.
The proposal to end free two-hour parking sparked a backlash from residents and businesses.
The new Residence Inn by Marriott, which opens Friday in downtown, is the fourth-tallest building in Berkeley and the city’s biggest in half a century.
The deal paves the way for a building boom at the Bayer campus in West Berkeley, which could add 1,000 new jobs.
Berkeley’s solution to the “shuffle” of drivers moving their cars every two hours is getting pushback from some businesses and residents.
One council member called paid parking “a no-brainer” and others said it would align with the city’s climate goals.
The marina has $113 million in unfunded infrastructure needs.
The proposed 44-unit project aims to take advantage of Berkeley’s move to eliminate parking requirements at new apartment buildings.
Recreational users worry ferry service would disrupt their activities on the San Francisco Bay and cause more congestion in the marina.
Landmark Theatres is vacating the century-old theater. One of downtown’s most distinctive buildings now faces an uncertain future.