The Berkeley zoning board is set to vote Thursday on whether to approve use permits for two new housing projects featuring more than 100 units between them.
Berkeley, already among the most expensive places to build in the East Bay, just raised the price tag for developers who do not include affordable units on site.
Berkeley officials voted unanimously Tuesday night to prioritize a plan to build what was described as the city's largest ever supportive housing development for the homeless.
City staff say there are too many referred projects designed to ease Berkeley's housing affordability crisis, and priorities need to be set.
It was touch-and-go for a while there, but a council majority voted in favor Tuesday night of 50 new units on Adeline Street.
In a bizarre twist both sides said was unforeseen, a deal more than a year in the making stalled out Tuesday night prior to a council vote that was expected to bring 50 new units to Berkeley.
Tuesday night, council will hear an appeal by local residents fighting a 6-story building in South Berkeley.
Developers with projects in the pipeline can expect to be asked to provide more affordable housing and a stronger community benefits package before being approved, Mayor-elect Jesse Arreguín said Monday during a far-ranging interview with Berkeleyside.
Berkeley has a Downtown Plan. The path has not been smooth or simple, but thousands of hours, plus voter buy-in has solidly approved it.
A 6-story building set to include 50 rental units and four live-work units was approved Thursday night by Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board, though neighborhood opposition will likely mean an appeal to City Council.
For the first time in 10 years, Berkeley does not have an incumbent mayor running for reelection. Mayor Tom Bates, who took office by defeating incumbent Shirley Dean in 2002, is stepping down and relinquishing his leadership of a City Council where he has long commanded the majority.
An Alameda County Superior Court judge on Wednesday denied numerous challenges to the Environmental Impact Report prepared for 2211 Harold Way, meaning that construction of an 18-story, 302-unit building with 10,000-square feet of retail space and new movie theaters in Berkeley’s downtown can proceed – unless the decision is appealed.
Who Berkeley residents vote onto the Berkeley City Council this November could dramatically alter how the city looks in the future. The Berkeley City Council currently stands divided, with pro-development council members claiming the majority of votes, but that could all change once ballots are cast this fall. While some on the council favor more aggressive development as a way to abate the housing affordability crisis, others take issue with the rampant building that tends to favor affluent residents while displacing those without large incomes.
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