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Zoning board denies Berkeley micro-unit proposal

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Berkeley zoning board members voted 6-3 last week to reject an application from a San Francisco-based development firm that hopes to build the city’s first micro-unit housing project.

In September, many zoning board commissioners told Axis Development Group that the proposal, at 2701 Shattuck Ave., was too large and too dense for the neighborhood. They asked Axis to consider a four-story alternative, and to make more room on the northeast corner of the site, which is close to an adjacent single-family home. City staff had earlier suggested the removal of up to 12 units from the project.

Thursday night, Axis presented its latest version of the five-story project, currently set to include 67 units that range in size from 269 to 344 square feet, as well as a roughly 2,000-square-foot full service restaurant with valet parking, and a small parking garage. (Read more about the latest plans here.) Following the September zoning board meeting, Axis removed three units from the project’s fifth story. Company representatives said they felt this change addressed the board’s concerns.

Commissioners who voted against the project Thursday criticized Axis for failing to take their feedback in September seriously.

“I’m astonished at how fully the applicant has ignored our very clear suggestions. Very clear,” Commissioner Shoshana O’Keefe said. “From staff, from us. I was at the last meeting, I know what was said. I can’t believe you would come up here with a straight face and say you were confused as to what we were asking for.” … Continue reading »

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Berkeley staff recommend rejection of micro-unit plans

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A controversial micro-unit mixed-used proposal aimed for a quiet stretch of Shattuck Avenue, south of downtown, is still too big, say Berkeley city staff, who advised zoning board members to deny the application later this week.

The project, at 2701 Shattuck, at Derby, is scheduled for its third review by the city Zoning Adjustments Board on Thursday. The project has received extensive feedback from city commissioners, who asked developers to shrink the project in September, citing concerns about its compatibility with the nearby residential neighborhood. … Continue reading »

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Shattuck re-opened after suspicious package scare

Authorities used a bomb-detecting robot to determine whether a suspicious item on Telegraph Avenue was safe on Monday afternoon. Photo: Ted Friedman
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Update, 7 p.m. As per a notice released by the Berkeley Police Department at 4:11 p.m., “The Bomb Squad examined the package, rendering it safe and determined it to be harmless.  The investigation into this matter is ongoing.”

At approximately 3:55 p.m., Shattuck Avenue was opened to all traffic and pedestrians.

Just before 4 p.m., the University of California Police Department alerted campus to evacuate Sproul Hall, the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union and the lower Sproul construction site, according to a notice posted on the department’s Twitter feed. The UCPD bomb squad responded. … Continue reading »

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Ms Barstool: Mixing it up improv style at Gather

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Crowd-pleasing classics and improv behind the bar: Gather pulls it all together Several weeks ago, we were enjoying a cocktail at another East Bay establishment and engaging in conversation with the bar manager, when the gentleman on the next barstool chimed in. As it happens, this gentleman is a bar chef in his own right, and suggested we visit the bar at Gather in Berkeley. We discovered in the course of our discussion about cocktails and other important issues, that he used to be the star behind the bar at Hudson, a Rockridge favorite that closed a year or so ago. We filed away his suggestion, and finally made our way to Gather.

We visited on a Saturday evening, prior to an event at a local music venue. Once we let the host know we were just planning to visit the bar for cocktails, he directed us to the rear of the restaurant and promised us an enjoyable experience. The bar is cozy, with a small number of tables and barstools inside and a sheltered patio right outside. High shelves bordering the bar area contain jars of colorful pickled vegetables. … Continue reading »

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Sunday Streets returns to Berkeley for 2nd year on Oct. 13

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This weekend, thousands of local residents are expected to leave the car at home, grab friends and family, and walk the city’s beautiful streets for the second Sunday Streets Berkeley.

Also known as Open Streets, Sunday Streets is a day when cars are prohibited from driving on certain roads, opening up space for other activities. On Sunday, Oct. 13, people are invited to treat the Shattuck roadway between Haste and Rose as a giant park: walk, bike, skate, play and greet fellow community members. The space is also open to organizations, businesses, artists and performers who want to mingle with the general public

There are more than 70 Sunday Street events in North America, and many more in cities around the world. Inspired by San Francisco, which has held Sunday Streets for five years, Berkeley held its first Sunday Streets on Oct. 14 last year. The event was widely hailed as a success, with more than 42,000 people taking to the street and local businesses experiencing a 30-50% boost in sales, according to organizers. … Continue reading »

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Zoning board asks micro-unit developer to shrink proposal

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Berkeley zoning board members voted Thursday night to ask developers to reduce the size of a proposed micro-unit project on Shattuck Avenue by either taking units off the upper stories or removing the top story altogether.

The lengthy Zoning Adjustments Board meeting was the panel’s first chance to vote on the project. Throughout the night, the board seemed poised to approve the project as proposed, deny the project altogether or ask for significant changes before moving forward.

At the end of a nearly three-hour discussion, which included comments from more than 20 members of the public, the board voted to affirm the staff recommendation to ask San Francisco-based Axis Development Group to change its designs to make the building fit in better with the neighborhood. Staff had recommended some type of increased “setbacks” — such as a more gradual increase from story to story up to the building’s full height — on the five-story proposal’s upper floors to increase the space between the structure and a nearby single-family home to the east. The zoning board asked mixed-use developer Axis to consider either that approach or a possible reduction to four stories. … Continue reading »

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Berkeley neighbors fight micro-unit proposal on Shattuck

Proposed micro-unit development at 2701 Shattuck Ave., at Derby Street, in Berkeley. Image: Lowney Architecture
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A 70-unit five-story building proposed at Shattuck Avenue and Derby Street faced steep neighborhood opposition at a recent zoning board meeting in Berkeley.

The 60-foot-tall proposal, set to include 35 garage parking spaces, 81 bike spots and a 2,000-square-foot restaurant, has been designed by Lowney Architecture, and comes to the city from Axis Development Group in San Francisco. The project has been scheduled before the city’s Design Review Committee six times since December. Units as currently designed range from 307 to 344 square feet. The project would result in a payment of $1.4 million into the city’s affordable housing fund.

Proponents say these “micro-units” — which have sparked fierce debate in San Francisco — are the way of the future, offering a more viable financial alternative to renters who otherwise would not be able to afford their own apartments. An attorney for the project, Rena Rickles, said at the Aug. 8 Zoning Adjustments Board meeting that micro-units “have been lauded in every design review magazine,” adding that the Berkeley proposal would offer even more amenities than a similarly high-end project, 38 Harriet, in San Francisco (built by Berkeley-based developer Panoramic Interests): “It meets the highest standards for this kind of housing in this area.” Rickles also noted that it would bring some much-needed vibrancy to the area.

Fifteen neighbors who live near the proposal, and spoke before the zoning board, were unconvinced. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, July 18-24

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, July 18-24, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Blue icons with a white mask are robberies. Red icons show physical violence. Purple icons with a gun are weapon-related calls, and blue ones marked “SC” are sexual assault calls. 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 July 18-24, there were 17 burglary reports30 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 11 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comSix robberies and 11 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

Thursday, July 18

Three home burglaries were reported: at 1 a.m. in the 1700 block of Shattuck Avenue; at 7 p.m. in the 2700 block of Stuart Street; and at 10:29 p.m. in the 2200 block of Dwight Way. According to a statement released by the Berkeley Police Department, authorities received a report of a possible burglary in progress in the 2200 block of Dwight. A caller reported seeing someone enter a neighbor’s window. Officers arrived and detained the intruder, who was subsequently arrested on suspicion of burglary. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, July 11-17

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, July 11-17, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of burglaries, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) Blue icons with a white mask are robberies. Red icons show physical violence. Purple icons with a gun are weapon-related calls, and blue ones marked “SC” are sexual assault calls. Green icons are fraud. 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 July 11-17, there were 16 burglary reports35 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 14 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comSix robberies and four assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

Thursday, July 11

Someone reportedly brandished a weapon at 1:30 a.m. in the 1400 block of University Avenue.

Two misdemeanor sexual assaults were reported, at 6:30 a.m. at Gilman Street and Santa Fe Avenue, and at 1 p.m. at Harrison and Eighth streets.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, July 4-10

There were 26 thefts or burglaries from vehicles reported in Berkeley over this period, via CrimeMapping.com. There were 25 reported the prior week. There were also seven vehicles stolen (shown in purple). Click the map for a list of incidents.
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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 July 4-10, there were 18 burglary reports26 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and nine stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comNine robberies and 14 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

July 4, Thursday

Two vehicles were reported stolen, at 12:54 a.m. in the 2700 block of 10th Street, and at 7:30 a.m. in the 2900 block of Sacramento Street. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, 6/27-7/3

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, June 27 to July 3, via CrimeMapping.com. (Scroll down for maps of robberies, auto burglaries and auto thefts.) The red icons show physical violence. The black icons with a white mask are robberies. Yellow icons are reports of a disturbance and green ones are fraud reports. 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 June 27 to July 3, there were six burglary reports18 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and three stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comSeven robberies and nine assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information. … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, June 20-26

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, June 20-26, 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. 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 June 20-26, there were 14 burglary reports, 33 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and 15 stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comSeven robberies and eight assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information.

June 20, Thursday

Seven burglaries or thefts from vehicles were reported: at 6:49 a.m. in the 2500 block of Shattuck Avenue; at 1 p.m. at Fifth and Virginia streets; at 5 p.m. in the 1300 block of San Pablo Avenue; at 5 p.m. at Bolivar Drive and Potter Street; at 7:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Ninth Street; at 11 p.m. at Stuart and Regent streets; and at 11:20 p.m. at an unlisted location.  … Continue reading »

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Berkeleyside Police Blotter: Crime in Berkeley, June 13-19

Selected calls for service to the Berkeley Police, June 13-19, 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 are alcohol- or drug-related calls. 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 June 13-19, there were 13 burglary reports21 auto break-in or theft from a vehicle reports, and four stolen vehicle reports to the Berkeley Police Department, according to CrimeMapping.comSix robberies and 11 assaults, domestic violence incidents or batteries were reported. These numbers are subject to change. Click the previous links for the most current information. … Continue reading »

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