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Starbucks plans to open 4th Berkeley store after all

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Two months after it looked like vocal neighborhood opposition had put a stop to Starbucks opening its fourth store in Berkeley, it has emerged that the coffee chain is planning to move into the space at 3001A Telegraph Ave. after all.

Starbucks is circumventing the city’s previous requirements — principally the need to offer a number of parking spaces relative to the size of the store — by opening in a retail space significantly smaller than the one it had originally envisaged.

In an application submitted to the city April 8, Starbucks sought approval to build a new “demising wall,” or partition, in the corner retail space of the Telegraph Gardens building at the intersection of Telegraph and Ashby in South Berkeley. In doing so, it would occupy a total of 1,333 square feet (rather than the 2,063 square feet it had hoped to have), which means the conditions of the administrative use permit (AUP) that became the focus of protests from local residents and business owners become moot. Only a building in excess of 1,500 square feet requires an AUP, according to city spokesman Matthai Chakko.

The building permit was approved May 8. … Continue reading »

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Neighbors stop a new Starbucks opening in Berkeley

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A mobilized, vocal group of South Berkeley neighbors, working in concert with local merchants, has prevented a Starbucks from opening in South Berkeley.

Berkeley’s City Council voted Tuesday, March 11, to deny Starbucks an administrative use permit for a 2,063-square-foot space at 3001 Telegraph Ave., at the southeast intersection with Ashby. Council members made the vote after hearing from dozens of local residents and business owners that such a high-customer-volume coffee shop would increase traffic congestion and exacerbate what they described as an already taxing parking situation. The denial came in spite of the fact that the original application from Starbucks was approved by city staff one year ago tomorrow.

Starbucks’ argument, that parking would not be unduly impacted — supported by two separate independent parking studies commissioned by the company — and its contention that many of its customers and employees would be arriving on foot, failed to win the upper hand after more than three hours of discussion. The coffee shop chain also came to the table with promises to move an AC Transit bus stop north across the intersection of Ashby and Telegraph to provide new parking opportunities, and lease three additional spaces in the Chevron gas station lot kitty-corner to the new store. But it was to no avail. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley neighbors’ bid to halt Starbucks stumbles

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An attempt by a group of South Berkeley neighbors to halt, or at least delay, the arrival of a Starbucks at 3001 Telegraph Ave. (at the intersection with Ashby) stumbled last week when the city’s Zoning Adjustments Board denied its appeal.

The Bateman Neighborhood Association and Jim Smith, of Dana Street, had collected 1,500 signatures on a petition presented, along with an appeal, to ZAB in late March for the new coffee shop, which is planning to go into the new Telegraph Gardens development. The appeal focuses on concerns about traffic congestion and what are seen as unfair waivers given to Starbucks regarding the provision of parking spaces. The community is also worried about what the presence of a Starbucks will mean in terms of competition to the independently owned Mokka coffee shop two blocks away at 3075 Telegraph.

Last Thursday night, in a close 5-4 vote, the board rejected the appeal by neighbors who questioned the permits granted to the project for extended operating hours and an exception for required parking spots. City staff said it’s common to grant parking exceptions when certain criteria are met — such as ample parking nearby and when the business aims to be “neighborhood-serving” and increase pedestrian activity. Staff said the application did meet those criteria, but numerous community members who spoke against the permits questioned that determination. … Continue reading »

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Starbucks planning to open a new store in Berkeley

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Update, 03.19.13: Regarding the parking situation in the area, Starbucks is providing four off-street parking spaces inside the building at 3001 Telegraph. As reported in the story below, the city waived a further three that would normally have been required given the size of the space Starbucks is leasing. Avi Nevo, the owner of the building, told Berkeleyside he believes the new building and the coffee shop will create a “vibrant and lively,” pedestrian-focused area within a few months. “I have built eight or nine projects for Berkeley in the past ten years and we always aim to create villages in each one,” he said.

Original story: Starbucks looks set to move into the corner space at 3001 Telegraph Avenue at Ashby, in the newly built Telegraph Gardens mixed-use apartment building, prompting the owner of a nearby independent coffee shop to express concern about the impact a branch of the Seattle-based chain will have on his business.

An administrative use permit was approved on Wednesday for a “coffee shop and retail sales of coffee merchandise.” Although the application does not mention Starbucks, a member of the construction crew working on site said Starbucks was the new tenant. … Continue reading »

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1,000 new apartments planned for downtown Berkeley

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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.

For $6,300 a month, the amenities ought to be top-of-the-line, and at the recently opened Berkeley Central — formerly known as the Arpeggio Building — they are. From Bosch appliances and stainless steel designer lights to the wood floor (dark or light, depending on the unit), the six penthouse units on the ninth floor promise an urbane, urban lifestyle.

The building, which the developer CityView acquired in a fire sale in July 2012 for $60 million, has been open for about seven weeks, and about 35% of its 143 units have been leased, according to Natasha Moses, a property manager for Riverstone Residential Group, the leasing agent. … Continue reading »

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New mixed-use building going up on Telegraph at Ashby

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Update, 01.07.13: Telegraph Gardens is now largely complete and more details about the building and rentals can be found on its website.

Construction is under way at the corner of Telegraph and Ashby Avenues to build a five-story, mixed-use building which will house 38 residential units, community areas and 4,000 sq ft of street-facing retail space.

Designs for the new building, which is at 3001 Telegraph Avenue opposite Whole Foods, show new landscaping and a roof terrace. The project architect is Rony … Continue reading »

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