A mixed-use, five-story complex could be the latest in a sequence of developments to pop up near an industrial area of West Berkeley.
On the surface, the local Berkeley vote appears to provide an echo of the national election story: after all the activity, accusations and counter-accusations, inside money and outside money, the city is about where it was before election day.
On a recent Wednesday morning, as the sun was trying to make its way out from behind rain clouds, two joggers ran down Fourth Street, passing the Takara Sake Factory, a tiny house hidden behind a woodworking shop, the new Sketch ice cream store, and the massive warehouse of Wine.com.
In an Opinionator piece published today, Patrick Sheahan argues that Measure T lacks definition. But Measure T — which would change the zoning in West Berkeley to allow property owners of large sites to go through a special approval process (Master Use Permit) that would give them expanded development rights in building, but also require them to offer more in community benefits — is too vague, he says.
In August 2010, Sophie Hahn told a reporter it was easier to have a pot collective in Berkeley than to have a vegetable collective. Last night Hahn’s desire to see the city allow residents to sell the food they grow in their backyards came one step closer to reality when the Planning Commission unanimously passed the Edible Garden Initiative.
Two citizens’ groups have sued the City of Berkeley over proposed zoning that they say would radically restructure West Berkeley.