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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

The mayor’s race is off and running: Where do campaign coffers stand?

In the last six months, mayoral candidate Laurie Capitelli has raised $67,135 in donations, according to recently filed campaign finance statements. That’s almost 35% more than one of his strongest rivals and fellow city council member, Jesse Arreguín, who raised $24,858 in that same period for a total raised of $47,326. (Prior to Jan. 1, […]

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 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

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 […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Housing & Development

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 […]