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Posted inCity

Top contenders for Berkeley mayor have sharp differences towards development

Laurie Capitelli and Jesse Arreguín are the two top contenders to replace Mayor Tom Bates. Photos: Emilie Raguso For the first time in 10 years, Berkeley does not have an incumbent mayor running for reelection. Mayor Tom Bates, who took office by defeating incumbent Shirley Dean in 2002, is stepping down and relinquishing his leadership […]

Posted inHousing & Development

Berkeley breaks ground on affordable housing project

A rendering of the new affordable homes that will be built in South Berkeley, as they will look from Harper Street. Image: courtesy Satellite Affordable Housing Associates A rendering of the new affordable homes that will be built in South Berkeley, as they will look from Harper Street. Image: courtesy Satellite Affordable Housing Associates On Tuesday, Berkeley broke ground […]

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 inEvents

The It List: Five things to do in Berkeley this weekend

Caribbean Allstars: play Ashkenaz Saturday Nov. 14. Photo: Caribbean Allstars CARIBBEAN ALLSTARS The Caribbean Allstars, pioneers on the Bay Area reggae scene, return to Ashkenaz on Saturday Nov. 14 at 9:30 p.m. The ensemble, whose geographical roots range from Jamaica and South America to West Africa and the U.S., began joining together their musical forces and international […]

Posted inCity

Green housing package sails through Berkeley council

Lori Droste. Courtesy: Facebook An innovative pair of policies to encourage affordable housing and green policies passed the first hurdle by acclaim at the Berkeley City Council meeting on Tuesday night. Councilwoman Lori Droste’s Green Affordable Housing Package designates units and funding for affordable housing by prioritizing housing over parking spaces in new, multi-unit developments, […]

Posted inCommunity, Housing & Development

Historic senior housing complex gets overhaul

Strawberry Creek Lodge will have a grand re-opening celebration later this month. Photo: Nicholas Bruno A 150-unit affordable senior housing complex in West Berkeley has announced a celebration later this month to show off extensive renovations to improve its seismic safety and add environmentally friendly features, according to a statement released Wednesday. Strawberry Creek Lodge, at 1320 Addison […]

Posted inHousing & Development

New affordable housing project headed for Berkeley

This proposed four-story, 23-unit project on San Pablo Avenue is partially funded by Berkeley’s Housing Trust Fund. Image: HKIT Architects This proposed four-story, 23-unit project on San Pablo Avenue is partially funded by Berkeley’s Housing Trust Fund. Image: HKIT Architects A vacant lot in West Berkeley is slated to become an affordable housing complex aimed mostly at people with disabilities after a unanimous […]