The city was not swayed by the developers' appeal for a 260-unit complex with 130 affordable apartments.
The application for a housing complex on the Spenger's parking lot — which has faced opposition from Native American activists — is now in the property owners' hands.
The city of Berkeley says the owner of 1698 University Ave. failed to meet conditions of a project permit for the site, including the preservation of trees.
The new eight-story building is named for David Blackwell, a mathematician and statistician who was hired in 1954. He was a very popular professor, too.
Like other large development proposals in Berkeley, this unusual dorm-like co-living project is testing opinions on what’s needed to best solve the city’s housing crisis.
Which properties would become rent-controlled after a repeal, and which would be exempt? Berkeley voters could make the call in November.
The group that wants to build 130 units of affordable housing on Fourth Street says it offered several options to address Ohlone concerns but was rebuffed.
The land on Fourth Street looks like a parking lot, but it represents what is left of the first village and funerary site of the author's ancestors and should be left alone.
A week after announcing plans to build 1K student units in People's Park, Carol Christ said she will push to build on 9 other sites too, and released renderings of the park plans.
Some people who spend time in the storied Berkeley park acknowledge the need for housing but worry about the park's future; others say the plan should not go ahead, period.
Construction could begin in the summer of 2020 and be completed by 2022. The university said the park is an ideal place because development will address housing and homelessness.
Cal has treated the park with benign neglect, creating the conditions that it hopes will lead to public support of development. It should invest in improving the park instead.
The university may build 700 units for students, as well as 100 units for people experiencing homelessness. There would still be a park, although it would be smaller.