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Posted inArts

Berkeley Oaks Theatre efforts stall in negotiations

A local group spearheaded by Councilman Laurie Capitelli hopes to turn the Oaks Theatre into a community arts space. Photo: Oaks Theatre Consortium [Editor’s note: This story was updated at 1:15 p.m. with additional information from Councilman Laurie Capitelli.] A local consortium’s attempts to come to an agreement to use North Berkeley’s Oaks Theatre on Solano […]

Posted inArts

Last chance: Oaks Theatre survey; sketches revealed

The possible transformation into a performance space of the shuttered Oaks Theatre on Solano Avenue remains uncertain, but the final word on the deal could come sometime in November, according to several people involved with the transaction. In the meantime, local real estate agent and council member Laurie Capitelli has been raising awareness, surveying the public […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Housing & Development

Retail sales in Berkeley decline by $200 million

One of Berkeley's vacant retail properties on Ashby During the last two years, retail sales in Berkeley have dropped by nearly $200 million, prompting the closure of many stores and leaving numerous vacant storefronts, according to information gathered by the city’s Office of Economic Development. While the recession is partly responsible, the drop also reflects […]