Tag Archives: Lower Sproul Plaza

Locals worry new Cal high-rise will reduce parking

Berkeley Way West as seen from Shattuck Avenue. Photo: WRNS Studio/UC Berkeley
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Some Berkeley residents and Cal employees are worried a new UC Berkeley high-rise set to be built downtown might create parking issues.

The concerns were voiced at an open-house meeting to view and discuss the project, held Thursday in Cal’s Energy Biosciences Building at 2150 Berkeley Way.

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The Berkeley Way West academic building, set to reach 112 feet tall in some sections, will be built on top of an existing parking lot, exacerbating the tight parking situation for UC employees. UC Berkeley already demolished one main parking structure, the Oxford Way and Addison Street parking lot, in 2013 to make room for the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and plans to build a new aquatics center on top of the Tang Center parking lot on Bancroft Way. … Continue reading »

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An argument between a group of juveniles turned violent Christmas Eve when one pulled out a gun and fired off three shots, according to the University of California police. No one was injured in the incident.

UC police went to Lower Sproul Plaza on Dec. 24 at 7:35 p.m. after receiving a report that a gun had been fired, according to a press release. Police detained some of the juveniles, although others in the group had already fled. Police also recovered a handgun at the scene.

The person suspected of shooting the gun is described as an African-American juvenile male wearing a two tone jacket. He is also apparently carrying a dark hand gun.

The University of California police are asking anyone with information to call the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (510) 642-0472 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and (510) 642-6760 at all other times.

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New Sproul, design ideas provide optimism for Telegraph

An architect's rendering of the new Eshelman Hall, along Bancroft Way
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The future of Telegraph Avenue was the focus of a special work session of Berkeley’s City Council on Tuesday evening. Where most discussions of Telegraph concentrate on the many problems of the area — declining retail sales, vacant lots, troubling street behavior — Tuesday was filled with positive images and ideas for the avenue.

At the center of the discussions was one concrete project — the University of California Berkeley’s Lower Sproul Plaza redevelopment — and one ambitious series of new ideas, created by Berkeley Design Advocates following their design charrette last April.  … Continue reading »

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