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New affordable housing project headed for Berkeley

This proposed four-story building on San Pablo Avenue, to include 23 units, would be built with money from Berkeley's Housing Trust Fund. Image: HKIT Architects
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A vacant lot in West Berkeley is slated to become an affordable housing complex aimed mostly at people with disabilities after a unanimous vote by the city zoning board last week.

Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA), a Berkeley-based non-profit housing developer, sought permission from the board July 10 to modify a use permit originally granted to a different property owner in 2007.

SAHA representative Jonathan Astmann told the Zoning Adjustments Board that the project at 2748 San Pablo Ave. (at Grayson Street) would provide 17 rentals for people with disabilities, including three for families with a member who has HIV/AIDS. The project had been approved previously as condominiums.

Read more local real estate and development coverage on Berkeleyside.

The four-story project would have 23 units, unchanged in number from the earlier permit, but requested a reduction in parking spaces — from 27 to 13 — to fit the needs of residents. Astmann said SAHA property residents tend to own fewer vehicles. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley woman grabbed in attempted kidnapping

A Berkeley woman was grabbed in an apparent kidnapping attempt in the 1200 block of San Pablo Avenue, between Harrison and Gilman. Image: Google Maps
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The Berkeley Police are asking for the community’s help in finding a suspect in an attempted kidnapping.

On Friday, March 7, at about 10:20 p.m. a 23-year-old Berkeley woman was walking home along San Pablo Avenue from Solano Avenue in Albany, according to a statement released by police around 6 p.m. Monday.

The woman became aware of a man who appeared to be following her. Despite changing her route several times, the man continued to walk behind her. … Continue reading »

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Nosh on the town: Stella Nonna in Berkeley

Korean-fried-chicken wings starter at Stella Nonna, Berkeley ($9.50). Photo: Emilie Raguso
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Come along with Nosh as we explore East Bay restaurants in photographs. This week we focus on Stella Nonna, at 1407 San Pablo Ave. in Berkeley. (Click to see the dinner menu.) The great space, memorable flavors and friendly service made this a place we’d love to visit again. If you’ve tried the spots we feature, please let us know about your experience in the comments below. (Photos by Emilie Raguso.) … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, 5/30-6/5

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, May 29 to June 5, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of home burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) The red icons show physical violence. The blue icons with a white mask are robberies. Yellow icons are reports of a disturbance, and pink ones involve drug or alcohol. Click the map for the full list.
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This is a partial list of recent crimes in Berkeley, compiled by Berkeleyside, and based on reports to the Berkeley Police Department unless otherwise noted. See past crime blotters here. (Note to readers: We always appreciate photographs and tips, about breaking news or neighborhood safety issues, via email at tips@berkeleyside.com.)

The following items represent just a sampling of calls, and times may be approximate. From May 30 to June 5, there were 18 burglary reports32 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 17 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comNine robberies and 15 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

We have also included the Berkeley Police Department’s most recently released crime narratives, which cover May 26 to June 1. … Continue reading »

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Stella Nonna restaurant opens in NW Berkeley

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A new restaurant, serving new American classics with regional accents and self-described comfort food, opened on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley on Wednesday. Stella Nonna Restaurant and Bar has taken over and transformed the old Wilderness Exchange building at 1407 San Pablo Ave., between Gilman and Hopkins (as tipped by Berkeleyside Nosh in March).

The 2,300-square-foot restaurant seats 50, has a full bar, as well as an outdoor patio. Stella Nonna’s owners are Tim Carlon and Sarah Nasgovitz, who have been running a successful catering firm of the same name in Berkeley since 1997.

“For years our catering clients have asked us, ‘So when are you going to open a restaurant,’” said Nasgovitz in a statement. “We looked for a location that we could build to our vision, and where we can be part of a vibrant, expanding neighborhood,” she said. “We finally found the right space and designed it to be both welcoming and familiar.” … Continue reading »

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Bites: What’s new, what’s hot, what’s happening XII

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Bites is Berkeleyside Nosh’s round-up of restaurant and bar news in the East Bay. Got a tip or a scoop? Send it our way at nosh@berkeleyside.com. Bites is produced by Nosh in collaboration with Christina Mitchell, founder of East Bay Dish. (And we number Bites so you can check out previous editions of Bites and be sure you’re up to date with all the food news.)

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TOP DOG LOSES THE DOG Berkeley institution Top Dog has changed its tune. Its restaurant on Hearst Avenue, opposite the Cal campus, is now a pizza place called Pizzahhh after the owners decided to “try something a little different” after nearly 40 years of serving sausages. “We decided to change it up and spruce it up,” they write on a sign taped to the door at the restaurant in the Hearst Food Court. The pizza spot will pay homage and link to the past by having four sausages available as toppings. “We know this comes a shock to all the very loyal, long-time customers here at Northside but take take heart, there are still two Top Dog locations nearby,” they conclude. They would be “Southside” at 2534 Durant, and at 2160 Center St.  [Hat-tip: Daniel Parks]

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Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses

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GORGEOUS AND GREEN Gorgeous and Green, which specializes in local flowers and local, sustainably made gifts, cards and jewelry, has moved from San Pablo Avenue to 2946 College Avenue in the Elmwood. Owner Pilar Zuniga says her vision “is to provide thoughtful gifts, floral designs and events that illustrate love, happiness and joy while allowing those feelings to permeate the environment and people they touch.”

STELLA NONNA Stella Nonna, which has focused on catering and company lunches since its founding in 1997, is opening a full-service restaurant at 1407 San Pablo Avenue, just south of Camelia. A Berkeleyside reader reports that the construction has “nice wood, brushed stainless, etc.” Chef/owners Tim Carlon and Sarah Nasgovitz plan a neighborhood restaurant “with unique regionally accented cuisine  at high-value prices, encouraging repeat visits.”  … Continue reading »

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Zoning Board approves new 7-Eleven, but not 24-hours

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Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board on Thursday approved 7-Eleven’s application to open a store at 2000 San Pablo Ave. (at University) with an ATM machine and some design changes, but said it did not want the store to be open 24 hours.

Before the motion was passed, 7-Eleven representatives at the ZAB meeting had emphasized that operating 24-hours is at the core of their business model. The convenience store chain now has the right to appeal ZAB’s decision to the Berkeley City Council.

The ZAB Board listened to comments from around 25 residents and merchants of the west Berkeley neighborhood whose nexus is the intersection of San Pablo and University where the store would be located. The majority were opposed to a 7-Eleven coming into the area. Their concerns, which were also raised at a community meeting at the proposed 7-Eleven site on Jan. 8, centered on the negative impact such a store might have on local crime and safety, in particular if it was open all night. … Continue reading »

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Locals oppose 7-Eleven coming into ‘fragile’ neighborhood

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Update, 01.22.13: The 7-Eleven hearing has been postponed and will not be heard at the Jan. 24 Zoning Adjustments Board meeting. We will report on the new date when it is set.

Original story: A group of west Berkeley neighbors is mounting a vocal opposition to 7-Eleven opening a 24-hour convenience store at 2000 San Pablo Ave. on the corner of University Avenue. Residents fear that a store open throughout the night would be a magnet for crime and anti-social behavior, and would threaten to reverse what many see as significant improvements to the neighborhood’s quality of life over the past few years.

Around 60 local residents and merchants gathered on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the vacant corner store for which 7-Eleven submitted a use permit application to the city Planning Department in September. … Continue reading »

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Businesses feel impact of parking meters on San Pablo

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Berkeley’s San Pablo Avenue is a thoroughfare for cross-city traffic and a hub for all sorts of businesses. Recently, however, some of the street’s business owners say the street has been suspiciously empty, with few parked cars or people frequenting stores.

Terry Griffin, who runs Griffin Motorwerke, blames this absence on 420 parking meters that were installed two years ago.

“The day the city put in these meters, people stopped parking on San Pablo Avenue,” he said. “Now, they just don’t shop there anymore.”

The coin-only meters were installed along certain stretches of San Pablo Avenue in 2010 after a unanimous vote by the Berkeley City Council. This measure, which also raised the rates of meters across the city by 25 cents an hour, was passed in an effort to increase city revenue to fight the economic recession. … Continue reading »

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From Ecuador, via war-torn Iran, to melting-pot Berkeley

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In a little shop that carries a medley of middle eastern foodstuffs on San Pablo Avenue, Jeannette Jafarzadeh hands me a piece of warm flatbread straight from the oven. Her melodious voice has an indefinable accent, but warmth clearly emanates from her dark brown eyes.

We have chatted before, during my trips to the Middle East Market, which she owns with husband Mehrdad, when I have gone there to pick up ingredients like rose-water or her sesame sprinkled flatbread.

I know that the gracious 51-year old was born and raised in Ecuador, but I’ve always wondered how she became an expert Persian bread-baker?

Sharing a cup of tea at a table in the little café at the back of the store, I ask about the missing chapter in her story and the question unleashes a torrent of memories. … Continue reading »

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Behind the scenes at new German eatery Gaumenkitzel

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By Anna Mindess

The light-filled, cheery space, designed by husband Kai Flache, welcomes customers with paint-box colored wooden chairs in red, yellow, blue and green. What is not visible, however, is chef Voth’s time-consuming commitment to make all her ingredients from scratch. A modest note on the menu mentions her dedication to organic, sustainable, local ingredients, inspired by the slow-food movement.

As Voth rolls and kneads her bread by hand, she describes her inspiring grandmother. “She was a smart shopper with that traditional pre-WWII mentality: frugal, practical, seasonal: grow it or make it yourself and don’t waste. For centuries, this is the healthy way people cooked.” … Continue reading »

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In West Berkeley a cafe opens, a community blossoms

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Photographer Janet Delaney has lived in West Berkeley for 22 years and she has watched the complexion* character of the neighborhood change, mostly for the better. Recently, she says, it took a great leap forward when Cafe Local 123 opened its doors at 2049 San Pablo Avenue and created community where before there had been little more than passing acquaintances.

“It’s transformed the area,” says Delaney of the cafe. “Every neighborhood needs somewhere public like this where … Continue reading »

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