The new parklet, built by a Boy Scout troop, is expected to open in front of Zachary's Pizza and Pegasus Books in the next few weeks.
The Oxford Street parklet, which spans the entrances to four restaurants including East Bay Spice Company and Cinnaholic, is downtown's first.
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.
Thursday night the Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board approved a 5-story mixed-use project near downtown, previewed updated plans for a hotel on Center Street and postponed a decision related to a proposed residential hotel on Shattuck Avenue that the developer would like to convert to studio apartments.
Berkeley’s second parklet is now open for visitors. The outdoor seating area in front of Saul’s Delicatessen in the Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood was unveiled today. It comes on the heels of the recent move of the Thursday Farmers Market to its new location in the off-road strip in front of Saul’s and neighboring businesses.
The Jewish deli has applied for a permit to build a parklet, which would be the third approved under a Berkeley pilot program launched last year.
San Francisco and Oakland have them, and now Berkeley can boast its own parklet too!
It's taken a while, but the Gourmet Ghetto should soon welcome too parklets for noshers and passers-by.
The Berkeley City Council voted last week to bring a new pilot “parklets” program one step closer to city streets. The program, which would create miniature public parks in unused bus stops, parking spaces, or other “dedicated public right-of-way” space, has been eagerly awaited by many merchants in Berkeley.
The Berkeley City Council could consider approving a three-year pilot program later this summer to allow businesses to set up parklets in still-to-be-determined locations around town.
Gourmet Ghetto businesses want to build parklets in their neighborhood but the city doesn't have an approval process in place as yet to review applications for these slivers of open space designed to enhance urban neighborhoods.