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Bates downtown plan approved

The Berkeley City Council last night approved on an 8-1 vote Mayor Tom Bates’ revised plan for downtown. Prior to that vote, the council had unanimously voted to rescind the Downtown Area Plan which was approved last July in a 7-2 vote. The only objection to the new plan was from Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, whose 4th district includes downtown.

Revised downtown plan put to vote

The main issue on the agenda of tonight’s City Council meeting will be the fate of the Downtown Area Plan (DAP). Passed by the council last July in a 7-2 vote, the plan allowed for some taller buildings in the downtown core, but met resistance from both opponents of greater density and those advocating stronger provisions for affordable housing. Opponents gathered enough signatures to force the council to either rescind the plan or to place it on the June ballot for a citywide vote.

North Berkeley meeting on Downtown Plan

If you live in North Berkeley and you’re interested in what’s going on with the Downtown Area Plan, Council members Laurie Capitelli (District 5) and Susan Wengraf (District 6) are holding a Town Hall meeting tomorrow at 7pm.

1,000 new apartments planned for downtown Berkeley

The view from the L-shaped deck off the penthouse apartment at 2055 Center St. is spectacular. One side looks west toward San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. Another side offers a sweeping vista of Berkeley’s downtown and hills.