Berkeley’s newest ‘skyscraper’ reveals itself

Eric Mai works in the Great Western building on Shattuck Avenue downtown and sent in this photograph of the “reveal” of the new Arpeggio building at 2055 Center Street.

He writes: “I have been enjoying watching the ugly black construction tarp and scaffolding on the south side of the Arpeggio building come down yesterday and today. Exciting times for the tallest building built in Berkeley in 40 years!”

The Argeggio, which will open imminently, is a mixed-use development of one- and two-bedroom condominiums and multi-story penthouses, along with retail space, which rises to nine stories. It is the tallest structure to be built in Berkeley for many years due to the 1990 Berkeley Downtown Plan which put limits on permitted building heights.