It’s been described as a cave dwelling, a wizard’s house and a Moorish palace. A recently unveiled building to house UC Berkeley students has been a long time coming — and its unusual design is causing a stir.
Many doubted it would ever come to pass, but construction work has started at the long-vacant lot at Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue in Southside Berkeley.
A UC Berkeley graduate student dormitory at Telegraph and Haste got its latest approval from the zoning board Thursday, and appears — at long last — to be moving forward.
The owner, Ken Sarachan, has enlisted a developer and a sign announcing construction has gone up on the property at Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street.
Councilman Worthington is pushing a Telegraph Avenue property owner to build the project he’s been promising, including affordable units, or pay more than $640,000 to the city.