The Berkeley City Council last night voted unanimously to file for “non judicial foreclosure” on the long-vacant and desperately blighted lot on the corner of Telegraph and Haste.
The owner, Ken Sarachan, has enlisted a developer and a sign announcing construction has gone up on the property at Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street.
The new Telegraph Avenue store owned by Ken Sarachan is decorated throughout by sculptures by local artist Mark Bulwinkle.
Crate & Barrel on Fourth will close after 30 years but plans to reopen nearby; Mad Monk has shuttered after 2 on Telegraph. Newly opened: Braid Bar & Beauty, Hands-On! and Uchi
Glimpses of the magnificent sculptures and metal pieces can still be glimpsed around Berkeley.
Councilman Worthington is pushing a Telegraph Avenue property owner to build the project he's been promising, including affordable units, or pay more than $640,000 to the city.
As Cal students return to campus, we visit the avenue which has visibly changed in the past year. Local merchants, and the TBID that represents them, say more positive transformations are on the way.
MAD MONK CENTER FOR ANACHRONISTIC MEDIA Ken Sarachan’s Mad Monk Center for Anachronistic Media threw open its doors in April after years of construction. The spacious space at 2454 Telegraph Ave. that formerly housed Cody’s Books now holds thousands of used books and LPs (brought from the basement of Rasputin’s down the street). There are no CDs or DVDs, only “analog” media. Thus the name. Sarachan has said he has plans to install a café and music venue in the space, but those elements have not arrived yet. Bookmarks, T-shirts, and book bags are also on the way. (more…)
Of the several new music venues slated to open this year in Berkeley, the Back Room will probably be the comfiest.
Berkeley's first vegan butcher shop, The Butcher's Son, is slated to open Feb. 22. These details, and much more, in this week's Bites.
As the old Cody’s bookstore building on the southwest corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street rises from the ashes, Ken Sarachan’s vision for the Mad Monk Anachronistic Media Center has begun to emerge. When Sarachan moved his Rasputin’s records into the space that today is Bear Basics at Telegraph and Durant, he turned to Mark Bulwinkle and his steel sculpture. Bear Basics has taken the place of Rasputin’s, but the Bulwinkle sculpture remains. And, as Sarachan nurses the Old Cody’s project along, he has turned to Bulwinkle again.
Two historic Berkeley homes with a combined age of 263 years have been given a complete makeover, and their doors were opened Tuesday to show off their shiny new parts.
UC Berkeley and property owner Ken Sarachan are close to a joint-venture development deal for the long-empty lot at the north-east corner of Haste and Telegraph, which means that new student housing might be in place there by August 2017.