Instead of building 265 units for seniors, the Pacific School or Religion will lease and sell some of its buildings to meet its mission.
Property owner fights Berkeley landmark designation with lawsuit
A longstanding Berkeley-based commercial real estate firm is suing the city over its use of landmark status to protect a Northside housing complex, alleging “a lack of supporting evidence” to justify the designation, which raises the bar for structural changes once applied.
Plan to build apartments on Holy Hill dies due to ‘changes in local political landscape’
Changes in the local political landscape have prompted two groups to nix a project to build 265 apartments for seniors on Holy Hill.
Future uncertain for Berkeley school due to unsafe building
The German International School of Silicon Valley is located at the historic Hillside School at 1581 Le Roy Ave. Photo: GISSV Scroll down for updates on this story. A private elementary school in North Berkeley may have to find a new location after assessments of its landmarked building revealed potentially significant work is needed to make it safe to […]
In Berkeley mayoral race, Arreguín accelerates fundraising, Capitelli maintains monetary lead
Laurie Capitelli and Jesse Arreguín are the two top contenders to replace Mayor Tom Bates. Photo: Emilie Raguso See update below. Berkeley mayoral candidate Jesse Arreguín raised almost three times as much money in the last month as his fiercest rival, Laurie Capitelli. Arreguín raised $33,434 from Sept. 25 to Oct. 22. In that same period, […]
Pacific School of Religion to build 265-unit senior center
The new project would offer a “continuing care” facility that features apartments, a memory care unit, and nursing facilities for people at the end of their lives.
How Quirky is Berkeley? Kingman Hall’s quirky murals
The toad mural on the garage door at Kingman Hall. Photo: John Storey I went to Kingman Co-Op at 1730 La Loma Ave. on graduation weekend to photograph the front door for a post-in-progress about painted doors. On the way to the door, I found this wonderful toad mural on the garage door. Read more […]
How Quirky is Berkeley? Ace Hardware’s relocation
On the eve of its move to a new downtown location, Tom Dalzell lists all the reasons he loves Berkeley’s Ace Hardware.
Two historic Berkeley homes get a makeover
The John Woolley house is the blue-gray one and the Ellen Blood House is the yellow one. The owners, architect, and builder worked hard to restore the turreted window on the Woolley House. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Two historic Berkeley homes with a combined age of 263 years have been given a complete makeover, and their […]
Discovering a Brazilian master: Guinga plays Berkeley
Guinga, considered Brazil’s greatest living composer, performs Saturday at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. Photo: Manfred Pollert Guinga, considered Brazil’s greatest living composer, performs Saturday at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. Photo: Manfred Pollert Nestled in the redwoods of Cazadero, California Brazil Camp brings a remarkable collection of master Brazilian musicians and dancers […]
Decades-old mural could derail Berkeley apartment project
A developer hopes to build a 70-unit aromplex at 2539 Telegraph Ave., but a mural on the property may be landmarked, making the project unfeasible. Image: Panoramic Interests A developer hopes to build a 70-unit aromplex at 2539 Telegraph Ave., but a mural on the property may be landmarked, making the project unfeasible. Image: Panoramic Interests After deciding the former Center for […]
4 Berkeley buildings to get upgrades after library lawsuit
Ashkenaz will use a $27,000 grant it received from the Berkeley Preservation Trust to seismically upgrade its building and help fund a new roof. Photo: Joe Balestreri A bell tower constructed in 1878. A nursery school built in 1927. An import-export warehouse converted into a music venue. A prefabricated panel cottage put together in 1887. […]