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Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Berkeley considers ways to build more affordable housing

City council members talk to Cynthia Kroll, ABAG’s chief economist, at a special meeting to consider affordable housing issues in Berkeley. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Transferring development rights to allow for taller buildings. Increasing the amount of affordable housing required for large developments. Offering developers a discount if they pay into the Housing Trust Fund at the beginning […]

Posted inCity

402 Berkeley buildings found to need fixes after launch of inspection program spurred by balcony collapse

Last year’s deadly balcony collapse at Library Gardens prompted the creation of a new building inspection program. Photo: David Yee Last year’s deadly balcony collapse at Library Gardens prompted the creation of a new building inspection program. Photo: David Yee Inspections performed in Berkeley since last year’s deadly balcony collapse at Library Gardens found more […]

Posted inCity, Community, Crime & Safety, Housing & Development

‘Severely dry rotted’ timber found after Berkeley balcony collapse; city plans to stiffen safety rules

Both of these balconies, which showed evidence of dry rot, were removed from Library Gardens last week. Photo: David Yee Update, June 24, 1 p.m. Teresa Drenick, spokeswoman for the Alameda County district attorney’s office, confirmed Wednesday that the office will be taking a look at the balcony collapse. “The District Attorney’s Office is reaching out to […]

Posted inBusiness

Berkeley to consider restricting large drugstores, future of proposed Solano Ave. Walgreens store in the balance

A rendering of the proposed Walgreens on Solano Avenue in Berkeley, a work in progress, and a project may be impacted by a proposed new zoning decision. Image: courtesy Agree Realty Corporation Berkeley is set to consider whether to limit the number of larger drugstores in the city, at least in certain neighborhoods, which may put […]