Some of Berkeley's biggest developers, concerned about homelessness, have donated to the city fund. At least two of them did so while Berkeley was considering their projects.
The shutdown of the 128-year-old restaurant follows closely after the closures of longtime Berkeley institutions Brennan's and Hs Lordships.
Berkeley community and zoning board members had a chance Thursday to weigh in on what the environmental impact report for a large mixed-use project planned for 1900 Fourth St. should focus on.
A developer is seeking to make major changes to the West Berkeley block where Spenger's Fish Grotto has operated since 1933.
Plans to rebuild the Safeway store on College and Claremont on the Oakland-Berkeley border have been on the drawing board for more than two years. In fact, the store has put a number of different proposals in front of the city of Oakland and local residents. And, while the latest design, by Lowney Architecture, has met with broad approval, the scale of the project and its impact on local traffic are still stumbling blocks to development.