In a U-turn, organizers of the Berkeley Flea Market say it will not be closed until April and will open this weekend if the weather cooperates. But even without rain, storm clouds rumble over the market’s future.
Influenced by a 7-year-old in Texas who raised money to help the President build his wall, a group of young friends stood up for what they think is right in Berkeley this weekend.
Wareham Development had plans to raze the businesses to create parking for a planned Kaiser medical office facility. ZAB said that is not the best use of the land and nixed the application.
The tax has generated about $5 million since its inception in 2015. Numerous community groups that have gotten funding met recently to talk about what they have done with the funds — and to celebrate.
Work has begun to reconfigure the dangerous downtown area around the intersection of Shattuck and University into a friendlier thoroughfare for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.
The 46-year-old market will be closed in February and March due to financial struggles, but should reopen in April. The hiatus will give organizers time to regroup and strategize to attract more customers.
One project will serve seniors. The other will serve the homeless, veterans, and low-income residents.
A flood of building permits has strained the department, which is now overhauling its practices to be more responsive to applicants.
Marina funding is at a breaking point and, unless investment is made soon, facilities and infrastructure will either require more costly emergency funding or be closed, as was the Berkeley Pier.
The devastating Northern California wildfires the past two years has Berkeley talking about accelerating its Climate Action Plan to head off the greater impacts of climate change.
Berkeley is holding two public meetings this week to get input on creating a new transfer station for recycling, trash, compost and other salvageable materials.
350 bicycles can also park in the structure, along with 20 electric cars (it’s wired for an additional 37). There is an area for public art and a store.