An unidentified prospective buyer has plans to “transform” the 108-year-old California Theatre, one of its owners says.
The Anna Head School opened in 1892. Now a group of historians, architects and contractors wants to work with UC Berkeley to preserve some of the school’s decrepit buildings.
The Bakar BioEnginuity Hub will open in February 2022 in the bunker-like concrete building on Bancroft Way, once home to the Berkeley Art Museum.
The home was built 132 years ago but wasn’t deemed worthy of landmark status.
The current owners of the home are concerned landmarking will disrupt the neighborhood.
The city may adjust its laws in order to landmark the Bancroft Way home the vice-president lived in as a child.
The developer will build 10 townhouses at 1915 Berryman St. after it was determined it didn’t warrant landmark status.
Those in favor spoke about the house’s beauty and charm, but others raised the issue of a Bay Area housing crisis and exclusionary neighborhoods.
The site, known for its mid-century homes, isn’t under protective status, but current residents hope the new owner will “be respectful and honor the Common.”
Instead of identifying structures of significance on a case-by-case basis, the city is taking this blanket approach to the downtown Berkeley district. It will send a message to developers: Nothing can be built.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a hearing tonight on whether to designate 1450 and 1440 Hawthorne city landmarks. In the meantime, the owners have filed a lawsuit against one another.
A several-year effort to designate Campanile Way as a city landmark hit a major bump last month when the City Council reversed a decision by the Landmarks Preservation Commission to do just this.