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Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Berkeley approves construction of Harold Way high-rise

The developer for 2211 Harold Way first submitted his application in December 2012. Its construction was approved by the city council on Dec. 8, 2015.  Image: MVEI Architecture and Planning The developer for 2211 Harold Way first submitted his application in December 2012. Its construction was approved by the city council on Dec. 8, 2015. […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Community, Housing & Development

Berkeley City Council to consider Harold Way appeals

The City Council will consider seven appeals tonight on the permits issued to allow construction of 2211 Harold Way. Image: MVEI Architecture and Planning 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 […]

Posted inHousing & Development

Numerous appeals filed for Berkeley’s Harold Way project

A number of appeals have been filed concerning the development proposal for 2211 Harold Way in downtown Berkeley. Image: MVEI Architecture and Planning A number of appeals have been filed concerning the development proposal for 2211 Harold Way in downtown Berkeley. Image: MVEI Architecture and Planning A number of different groups – including the developer himself – have filed appeals asking […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

ZAB approves Harold Way use permit with increased affordable housing provision

A model of the Harold Way project (file photo). Photo: Emilie Raguso After over 30 meetings since an initial application in December 2012, the 18-story multi-use Berkeley Plaza project at 2211 Harold Way received its use permit from the Zoning Adjustments Board on Wednesday night. The approval, with a 6-3 vote of the board, came with significant amendments to the […]

Posted inHousing & Development, Schools

Condo project set for latest review

Looking southeast: 1951 Shattuck Ave., next to the approved Acheson Commons (in white). Image: The Bay Architects Looking southeast: 1951 Shattuck Ave., next to the approved Acheson Commons (in white). Image: The Bay Architects A 12-story building set to include 92 condominiums and nearly 12,000 square feet of commercial space could get its penultimate review from Berkeley’s Design […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Harold Way project gets Landmarks Commission approval

Some critics of 2211 Harold Way say the models and drawings produced by the project team are inaccurate. Here, they look at a model and compare the height of Harold Way to other tall buildings downtown. Photo: Emilie Raguso A controversial mixed-use project proposed in downtown Berkeley won an important permit Thursday night after a 6-3 vote from Berkeley’s […]

Posted inHousing & Development, Opinion

Op-ed: The Harold Way Project, as presented, will sacrifice Berkeley’s unique character

The construction of the first, true high-rise in the city of Berkeley (in this case the Harold Way Project), will forever change the nature of our very unusual, human-scale city. Under the unfortunately voter-approved Downtown Plan, once the high-rise limit is breached, the city will never turn back as it rushes forward to become part […]

Posted inOpinion

Op-ed: Let’s say ‘yes’ to a vibrant downtown Berkeley

As a long-time resident and member of the Downtown Area Planning Committee I have participated in ten years of planning, debate, initiatives, referendums and heated viewpoints on the future of our downtown. After two decisive votes, the hugely popular new plan is finally underway with exciting new buildings proposed that will contribute greatly to achieving our community […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Berkeley leaders approve community benefits package; ZAB votes to certify Harold Way EIR

2211 Harold Way is one of several tall building proposals in the pipeline that must offer “significant community benefits” under the Downtown Area Plan. Image: MVEI Architecture and Planning 2211 Harold Way is one of several tall building proposals in the pipeline that must offer “significant community benefits” under the Downtown Area Plan. Image: MVEI […]

Posted inOpinion

Op-ed: Developers should permanently share with the Berkeley community the wealth created by tall buildings

With respect for this community as a whole, I believe Berkeley City Council’s most fundamental objectives regarding downtown development have little if anything to do with funding housing for families with low and moderate incomes. Yes, better designs and development of such housing with everything needed to support it are critical to future life in […]