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Posted inHousing & Development

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

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 works for years, with efforts ramping up in 2014 when project reps said they found no […]

Posted inCity, Nature, Schools

Storm blog: Water mains break in Berkeley, Ashby expected to re-open by midnight

Friday, Dec. 12, 12:25 a.m. Shortly before 11:30 p.m., reader William Abernathy reported a second water main break in the Berkeleyside comments section: “Main break 1300 block MLK. EBMUD alerted. No water til morning.” Please send us storm footage, including photos and videos, and feel free to alert us to significant storm-related hazards. The best way […]

Posted inBusiness, Housing & Development

Development may come to Spenger’s lot in Berkeley

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 findings that the site was not historically important means the owners will seek to develop it. “Investigators found no historically significant […]

Posted inNature

Strawberry Creek honored, mourned in weekend ritual

By James Corr The out-of-town parents and friends of UC Berkeley grads may have been bemused, but locals took it in their stride, even delighting in it. This weekend, a collaborative of Bay Area and international dancers and musicians staged a “site-specific ritual performance” called NOMAD: The Blue Road in support of ‘daylighting’ Berkeley’s Strawberry Creek and […]

Posted inNature

Strawberry Creek turns orange due to food dye spillage

Berkeley’s Strawberry Creek was running bright orange today, but residents can rest assured there was nothing toxic in the water. The creek was discolored on Sunday morning when a food-grade dye was inadvertently washed into a storm drain at the northeast corner of the UC Berkeley campus, according to Claire Holmes, a spokeswoman for the university. The […]

Posted inHousing & Development

A dig in a Berkeley parking lot seeks shellmound answers

So what’s lurking behind the recently erected wire fence around the Spenger’s parking lot, on Berkeley’s Fourth Street? That’s precisely what the property owners are trying to find out with an archeological dig. And not for the first time. “My hope is to clarify what cultural resources might exist so we can make the best decision […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

Oil spill on campus, environmental impact being assessed

Update, 12.12.11, 9:20 am: UC Berkeley reports that emergency crews on Sunday removed hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel from Stanley Hall. About 1,700 gallons of fuel spilled within the building, with some fuel reaching Strawberry Creek and a smaller amount making its way to San Francisco Bay. Stanley Hall reopened Monday morning in time for the beginning […]