Existing office space in Berkeley can be old and funky while the demand is for modern and open-plan. And, compared to San Francisco and Oakland, the economics of building new here don't pencil out, say experts.
Citing the "tremendous" need for new housing in Berkeley, and its location near BART along key transit lines, officials overturned a zoning board vote to reject a five-story "co-living" project at Shattuck and Ashby.
It's taken longer than expected, but the Spats team in Berkeley is aiming for a soft opening in April.
With new owners having recently bought Spats, the bar may be poised to open again this fall.