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Posted inHousing & Development

‘Moorish palace’ plans for Telegraph show little progress

The frustration was palpable Thursday night as zoning board commissioners noted the lack of headway by the property owner of a highly anticipated mixed-use project proposed on Berkeley’s Telegraph Avenue. The empty lot at 2501 Haste St., at Telegraph, has been vacant for more than 20 years, though owner Ken Sarachan has said he would like to build a […]

Posted inBusiness

Telegraph Ave. scrubbed, cleaned in beautification effort

Ambassadors hired by Block by Block are engaged in a month-long cleanup of Telegraph Avenue. Photo: Ted Friedman The deployment of neon-clad “ambassadors” to paint over graffiti, power-wash streets, and sweep sidewalks along Telegraph Avenue is the latest in a series of attempts to revitalize a business district which has seen better days. The “Big […]

Posted inCity

Council to consider higher rates, evening hours for some Berkeley parking meters

Crowded conditions on many commercial blocks in Berkeley in the evening could lead to metered parking until 8 p.m. Image: City of Berkeley New metered parking rates and time limits, in effect in Berkeley since last fall in three of the city’s busiest commercial areas, have made it easier for many visitors to find daytime parking, according to […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Elderly woman commits suicide with toxic chemical at Berkeley City Club, leaves note to warn authorities

Police and fire personnel responded to a suicide with hazardous materials at the Berkeley City Club at 2315 Durant Ave. in Berkeley, on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Photo: David Yee UPDATE, March 19: Authorities identified the woman who was found dead at the Berkeley City Club on Tuesday as 71-year-old Sydney Kustu. Read more about Kustu in […]

Posted inHousing & Development

‘Moorish-style palace’ for Telegraph Ave. is step closer

The design for a mixed-use project at 2501 Haste St. Image: Kirk E. Peterson & Associates A six-story, mixed-use, Moorish, palace-like structure inspired by Italian hill towns is one step closer to being built on Berkeley’s iconic Telegraph Avenue after the project sailed through a review by the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board last week. ZAB […]