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Posted inHousing & Development

Locals question Berkeley Plaza impact on theater, view

2211 Harold Way is set to stand nearly 200 feet tall and include about 300 units. Image: MVEI Architecture and Planning Residents came out en masse Thursday night to testify before Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board about possible impacts related to a large mixed-use project planned downtown on Harold Way. The Residences at Berkeley Plaza, at Harold and Kittredge Street, would […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Community, Housing & Development

Berkeley temporarily blocks sale of main Post Office

Downtown Berkeley’s post office is the subject of restraining order. Photo: Darius Wekwerth Downtown Berkeley’s post office is the subject of restraining order. Photo: Darius Wekwerth The city of Berkeley has gotten a temporary restraining order blocking the sale of the city’s main post office on Allston Way. U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup ruled […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Housing & Development

Exclusive: Local developer Hudson McDonald in contract to buy downtown Berkeley Post Office

A Berkeley developer plans to turn the city’s main Post Office into a retail operation while retaining postal services. Photo: Darius Wekwerth A Berkeley developer plans to turn the city’s main Post Office into a retail operation while retaining postal services. Photo: Darius Wekwerth After weeks of silence, Berkeley developer Hudson McDonald has acknowledged that it […]

Posted inOpinion

Op-ed: Measure R will kill emerging downtown renaissance

Berkeley has an international reputation as a free-thinking, expressive, welcoming and experimental city.  The current battle over the city’s downtown and November’s Measure R contradicts this image of ourselves, and in the worst possible way. While promoted as a “soak-the-evil-developers” proposal, in reality Measure R is a thinly disguised attempt to freeze Berkeley in the […]