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ELECTION 2022: What to know | WILDFIRES: Prepare | COVID: Get a booster | IDEA MAKERS EVENT: Jay Caspian Kang + Khiara Bridges

Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Judge tosses out legal challenge to Berkeley high-rise

An Alameda County Court Judge tossed out two legal challenges to 2211 Harold Way, paving the way for the 302-unit complex to proceed.  Image: MVEI Architecture and Planning An Alameda County Court Judge tossed out two legal challenges to 2211 Harold Way, paving the way for the 302-unit complex to proceed.  Image: MVEI Architecture and […]

Posted inHousing & Development

Proposed in Berkeley: 5 stories, 39 units on San Pablo

The proposal for 2720 San Pablo Ave. Image: Devi Dutta Architecture A new proposal has come in, on the former Jered’s Pottery lot, for a 5-story, 39-unit building on San Pablo Avenue in West Berkeley. The pottery shop, at 2720 San Pablo Ave. between Carleton and Pardee streets, closed last year and moved to Richmond. The property at that time […]

Posted inHousing & Development

Proposal to convert, expand UC Press building for offices

A rendering of what the renovated UC Press building at 2120 Berkeley Way would look like as offices with three new stories. Image: Devi Dutta Architecture Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board will consider a proposal Thursday that would see the UC Press building at 2120 Berkeley Way renovated into a modern 6-story office building with the […]

Posted inHousing & Development

Critics question impacts of ‘Spenger’s parking lot’ project on Berkeley Fourth Street, Ohlone heritage

A rendering of what 1900 Fourth St. may one day look like. Image: TCA Architects Berkeley community and zoning board members had a chance Thursday to weigh in on what the environmental impact report for a large mixed-use project planned for 1900 Fourth St. should focus on. The “Spenger’s parking lot” project has been in the […]

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 inBusiness, Housing & Development

Housing forum: Climate right for development in Berkeley

Denise Pinkston of developers TMG Partners, vice chair of Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board, talks to a group about the housing crisis Jan. 21 while Mark Rhoades of the Rhoades Planning Group listens. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Denise Pinkston of developers TMG Partners, vice chair of Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board, talks to a group about the housing crisis Jan. […]

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Berkeley ZAB round-up: The Roost approved on Blake, Center Street hotel previewed, Kennedy project put off

“The Roost,” looking east toward Shattuck Avenue, at 2029-2035 Blake St. Image: Devi Dutta Architecture “The Roost,” looking east toward Shattuck Avenue, at 2029-2035 Blake St. Image: Devi Dutta Architecture Thursday night the Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board approved a 5-story mixed-use project near downtown, previewed updated plans for a hotel on Center Street and postponed a […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Housing & Development

Berkeley Zoning Board considers community benefits of proposed downtown high-rise

2211 Harold Way. Image: MVEI Architecture and Planning As Berkeley officials grappled with what the concept of “community benefits” actually means, the developer of the 18-story high rise at 2211 Harold Way announced at a Jan. 8 meeting of the Zoning Adjustments Board that he is willing to financially assist both the Habitot Children’s Museum and […]