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Posted inCity, Housing & Development

Berkeley officials seek feedback on ‘community benefits’

2211 Harold Way is one of several tall building proposals in the pipeline that must offer “significant community benefits” under the Downtown Area Plan. Image: MVEI Architecture and Planning 2211 Harold Way is one of several tall building proposals in the pipeline that must offer “significant community benefits” under the Downtown Area Plan. Image: MVEI […]

Posted inHousing & Development, Schools

View from UC Berkeley Campanile will not be landmarked

The view from the UC Berkeley Campanile looking west toward San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge is iconic, but it should not be landmarked, the Landmarks Preservation Commission decided Thursday, April 2. The 5-3 vote, with one abstention, came after almost four hours of testimony from residents who are concerned that a proposed 18-story […]

Posted inBusiness, City, Housing & Development

Developer of downtown Berkeley hotel offers ‘tapered’ tower; hopes for quick design review

The new plans for the 18-story hotel at 2129 Shattuck Ave. Photo: JRDV Architects Berkeley’s Design Review Committee will get an early peek this week of new, revised plans for the high-rise hotel on Shattuck Avenue and Center Street — part of the developers’ push to get the project through the planning process quickly. The plan […]

Posted inBusiness, Housing & Development

New 16-story downtown condo/hotel project to appeal to empty nesters, visiting professors

Jim Didion of Center Street LLC (left) and Richard Kelleher, CEO of Pyramid Hotels, are teaming up to construct a 16-story hotel in downtown Berkeley. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel The new developer of a 16-story hotel in downtown Berkeley plans to build up to 35 condominiums and include kitchens in every room so people can stay […]

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 […]

Posted inCommunity, Housing & Development, Schools

Locals worry new Cal high-rise will reduce parking

A rendering of Berkeley Way West as it would be seen from Shattuck Avenue. Image: WRNS Studio/UC Berkeley A rendering of Berkeley Way West as it would be seen from Shattuck Avenue. Image: WRNS Studio/UC Berkeley Some Berkeley residents and Cal employees are worried a new UC Berkeley high-rise set to be built downtown might create parking issues. The concerns […]

Posted inHousing & Development

Locals question Berkeley Plaza impact on theater, view

2211 Harold Way is set to stand nearly 200 feet tall and include about 300 units. Image: MVEI Architecture and Planning Residents came out en masse Thursday night to testify before Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board about possible impacts related to a large mixed-use project planned downtown on Harold Way. The Residences at Berkeley Plaza, at Harold and Kittredge Street, would […]