Changing demographics and difficulties in finding architectural salvage has cut into Ohmega Salvage’s business.
The property has hosted everything from a mattress store to an overflowing artist warehouse. Now, as its owners prepare to sell the site, its future is in question.
Some of Berkeley’s biggest developers, concerned about homelessness, have donated to the city fund. At least two of them did so while Berkeley was considering their projects.
“We’re sad to go,” the store wrote in an email to customers. “It is with heavy hearts that we prepare to leave our Berkeley location. “
A housing complex has been approved for West Berkeley, along with new retail that may become a grocery store.
A mixed-use, five-story complex could be the latest in a sequence of developments to pop up near an industrial area of West Berkeley.