[Sponsored] The cancelation rate is a real estate metric that's not getting much attention. No one wants an unsold home, yet the number of Berkeley listings that canceled in 2018 increased 60% year over year.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission will hold a hearing tonight on whether to designate 1450 and 1440 Hawthorne city landmarks. In the meantime, the owners have filed a lawsuit against one another.
The project sailed through the oft-arduous city approval process because the owners, who intend to live on the property, worked with neighbors and made changes in response to their concerns.
A City Council majority affirmed approval Thursday night of an 18-story building with 274 units planned at the site of the downtown Berkeley Walgreens at 2190 Shattuck Ave.
One project will serve seniors. The other will serve the homeless, veterans, and low-income residents.
State and city laws have made it easier, in theory, to build backyard cottages in Berkeley. In practice planners sometimes seem to need to catch up with the new regulations.
A flood of building permits has strained the department, which is now overhauling its practices to be more responsive to applicants.
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