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Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Judge tosses out legal challenge to Berkeley high-rise

An Alameda County Superior Court judge on Wednesday denied numerous challenges to the Environmental Impact Report prepared for 2211 Harold Way, meaning that construction of an 18-story, 302-unit building with 10,000-square feet of retail space and new movie theaters in Berkeley’s downtown can proceed – unless the decision is appealed. In a 16-page ruling, Judge Frank Roesch […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Court considers challenge to Berkeley high-rise

Two opponents of the 18-story apartment complex planned for 2211 Harold Way in downtown Berkeley made a case in court Friday that the approval of the 302-unit building should be revisited. Kelly Hammargren and James Hendry appeared before Judge Frank Roesch in Alameda County Superior Court to argue that the environmental impact report for the building […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Lawsuits filed to stop building of Harold Way complex

Update: This story was updated Jan. 15 to add another lawsuit. Scroll to the bottom of the story for details. Kelly Hammargren, one of the most active opponents of the planned 18-story high-rise at 2211 Harold Way in downtown Berkeley, filed a lawsuit Wednesday charging that the city of Berkeley did not do an adequate environmental […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Berkeley approves construction of Harold Way high-rise

After three years and 37 public meetings, the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday night approved plans to build an 18-story, 302-unit mixed-use complex in Berkeley’s downtown. The vote, which followed five hours of public testimony, requires the developer, HSR Berkeley Investments, to pay $4.5 million into the city’s Housing Trust Fund, on top of the […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Community, Housing & Development

Berkeley City Council to consider Harold Way appeals

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 to its construction. Tonight may be their last chance – at least before the issue goes to court – to thwart what they consider […]

Posted inHousing & Development

Numerous appeals filed for Berkeley’s Harold Way project

A number of different groups – including the developer himself – have filed appeals asking the Berkeley City Council to overturn various permit approvals for 2211 Harold Way in downtown Berkeley. Mark Rhoades, acting on behalf of the property owner, Joseph Penner of HSR Berkeley Investment LLC, asked the council to reconsider the permit awarded last […]

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

ZAB approves Harold Way use permit with increased affordable housing provision

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 developer’s proposed community benefits plan that allocate $4.5 million to affordable housing, in […]

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Harold Way project gets Landmarks Commission approval

A controversial mixed-use project proposed in downtown Berkeley won an important permit Thursday night after a 6-3 vote from Berkeley’s Landmarks Preservation Commission. The commission had been tasked with deciding whether to grant 2211 Harold Way a structural alteration permit, which it needs to carry out excavations on the project site. The 18-story building is set to include 302 […]

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New plan calls for 10 theaters at 2211 Harold Way

The developer of 2211 Harold Way and Landmark Theatres are nearing a deal to increase the number of movie theaters in the 302-unit building in downtown Berkeley to 10 — but detractors say the changes do not go far enough. After discussions with Ted Mundorf, the CEO of Landmark, Joseph Penner of HSR Berkeley Investments has […]