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.
The Rare Barrel in west Berkeley hopes to be a gathering place for artisanal brewers, home brewers, beer enthusiasts and food lovers in general.
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.