In a bizarre twist both sides said was unforeseen, a deal more than a year in the making stalled out Tuesday night prior to a council vote that was expected to bring 50 new units to Berkeley.
Tuesday night, council will hear an appeal by local residents fighting a 6-story building in South Berkeley.
Berkeley Honda's planned move to the old Any Mountain store finally got through City Council on Tuesday night.
After more than five hours of public comment and council discussion, city officials found themselves deadlocked on a neighborhood appeal to halt Berkeley Honda's attempt to move into the old Any Mountain building on Shattuck Avenue.
A 6-story building set to include 50 rental units and four live-work units was approved Thursday night by Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board, though neighborhood opposition will likely mean an appeal to City Council.
Berkeley has two proposals for development at a location in a Priority Development Area (PDA), which the city has designated for new housing near transit.
Update, Oct. 30: Neighbors filed an appeal in late September. Council may hear that appeal Thursday, Nov. 17, in a special meeting. Stay tuned for updates.
Who Berkeley residents vote onto the Berkeley City Council this November could dramatically alter how the city looks in the future. The Berkeley City Council currently stands divided, with pro-development council members claiming the majority of votes, but that could all change once ballots are cast this fall. While some on the council favor more aggressive development as a way to abate the housing affordability crisis, others take issue with the rampant building that tends to favor affluent residents while displacing those without large incomes.
Realigned intersections, relocated roadways, new bicycle lanes and affordable housing on public lots are among preliminary ideas city planners have floated for the Adeline Corridor project.
On Tuesday, Berkeley broke ground on Harper Crossing, 42 affordable homes for low-income seniors at 3132 Martin Luther King Jr. Way (between Woolsey and Fairview) in the heart of the Lorin District.
After months of deliberating and design tweaks, last Thursday youth and community members put the final touches on plans for a new parklet alongside Alchemy Collective Café on Ellis Street and Alcatraz Avenue in South Berkeley.