The property has hosted everything from a mattress store to an overflowing artist warehouse. Now, as its owners prepare to sell the site, its future is in question.
By opening a plant in West Berkeley last year, this maker of phone booths is an anomaly, given the decrease in the number of manufacturers in the city.
Retail West hopes to develop the recently vacated Pyramid building on Gilman into a "campus" of small-scale breweries, distilleries and food businesses.
Parts of Gilman Street and Fourth Street in West Berkeley may be re-zoned from light industrial to commercial uses after a majority vote by the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday night.
By Paul Kamen
The Rare Barrel in west Berkeley hopes to be a gathering place for artisanal brewers, home brewers, beer enthusiasts and food lovers in general.
Berkeley west of Sixth Street has long supported a vibrant community of small manufacturers, artists, artisans and local-serving businesses. Yet much of the rest of the district has been contributing little to the city, holding abandoned former manufacturing sites and sleepy warehouses that can’t be better used because of current zoning.
The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday to place a $30 million streets and watershed bond on the November ballot, but will hold off on the final language and shape of the measure until next week.
After five meetings and countless hours of public testimony, the City Council decided on Tuesday to ask the residents of Berkeley to vote on proposed zoning changes to large parcels in West Berkeley.
The Berkeley City Council Tuesday night moved the controversial West Berkeley Project one step further towards adoption when it approved a series of amendments and modifications designed to mollify critics. The entire plan will come before the council again for a final vote on June 12.
Barbara Gilbert argues that in an effort to get more revenue to support Berkeley's "bloated" City structure and its developer friends, City Council is strong-arming a drastic up-zoning of West Berkeley that would destroy a thriving and unique residential/artisan/artist district as well as destroying Aquatic Park.
The Berkeley City Council heard close to four hours of testimony Tuesday night about proposed changes to the West Berkeley plan.