Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Council considers dramatic changes in West Berkeley

After three years of discussion, dramatic changes to the West Berkeley plan will be discussed by the City Council tonight. If passed, it would provide space in Berkeley for start-up companies that have traditionally moved to the peninsula, South Bay or San Francisco. It would also give Berkeley a better shot at winning the second campus for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Opponents to the amendments are concerned about changing the area’s low-rise, low-density character, and about rising land values chasing out what manufacturing remains in West Berkeley. More>