The decision by the California Supreme Court means a 260-unit complex with 130 units of affordable housing can proceed on the contested Ohlone land.
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Court rules a 260-unit apartment complex can go up at 1900 Fourth St., a site the Ohlone consider sacred
The court ruling, which Berkeley may appeal, is the latest development in a long-running fight about the property.
‘This feels cruel, that our sacred site is now imprisoned.’ Ohlones protest new fence around ancestral land
The owners of 1900 Fourth St. want to build housing and retail on the old Spenger’s parking lot, which sits in the middle of Berkeley’s shellmound district.
Judge to rule on whether Berkeley illegally nixed a housing complex on Spenger’s parking lot
The owners of 1900 Fourth St. sued Berkeley over the city’s denial of their SB35 housing application. The law allows almost automatic approval of complexes where 50% of the units are “affordable.”
Property owner fights Berkeley landmark designation with lawsuit
A longstanding Berkeley-based commercial real estate firm is suing the city over its use of landmark status to protect a Northside housing complex, alleging “a lack of supporting evidence” to justify the designation, which raises the bar for structural changes once applied.
6-story mixed-use building could replace Berkeley gym
At 24 Hour Fitness, regulars have been wondering what the big yellow sign means for future workouts. Photo: Emilie Raguso At 24 Hour Fitness, regulars have been wondering what the big yellow sign means for future workouts. Photo: Emilie Raguso Update, 5:55 p.m. Dana Ellsworth of the project team told Berkeleyside the gym will remain in place for three […]
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 […]
Two historic Berkeley homes get a makeover
The John Woolley house is the blue-gray one and the Ellen Blood House is the yellow one. The owners, architect, and builder worked hard to restore the turreted window on the Woolley House. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel Two historic Berkeley homes with a combined age of 263 years have been given a complete makeover, and their […]
Housing, restaurant, garage planned at Spenger’s lot
The owners of an empty lot on Fourth Street that’s a designated city landmark related to Ohlone Indian archeological remains have applied to build a mixed-use development on the site.
2 historic Southside Berkeley homes on the move, literally
Blood House getting ready for its move. Photo: Ted Friedman A complex tripod of moving history is about to take place in South Berkeley. In a unique and probably first-ever-in-Berkeley arrangement, two historical houses, one a city designated landmark, and the other a designated structure of merit, will be hoisted and trucked to a vacant […]
Development may come to Spenger’s lot in Berkeley
A pile of dirt on the parking lot across from Spenger’s in February, where the archeological dig happened. Photo: Emilie Raguso After months of poking, prodding, sifting and examining soil, an archeological dig beneath the parking lot across from Spenger’s restaurant on Fourth Street found no evidence it had ever been home to a Native American shellmound. The […]
A dig in a Berkeley parking lot seeks shellmound answers
An archeological dig is currently underway in the parking lot of Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto on Berkeley’s Fourth Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso An archeological dig is currently underway in the parking lot of Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto on Berkeley’s Fourth Street. Photo: Emilie Raguso So what’s lurking behind the recently erected wire fence around the […]