‘Tangible and physical reminder’ of Berkeley’s pre-World War II Japanese American community gets landmark status

The building, located at 2526-32 Shattuck Ave., housed a commercial laundry for nearly three decades. It was operated by Japanese American families until 1942 when the families were sent to internment camps, forcing Berkeley’s Japanese-Americans to “settle their affairs, dispose of their belongings, pack, and register for removal,” according to Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association, or BAHA, President Steven Finacom in an email.
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Housing development on Haskell Street ready for development

The housing development project at 1310 Haskell St. has appeared before Berkeley City Council multiple times, as neighbors have fought the proposed development. Now that the project has been approved, the developer, Matt Baran of Baran Studio Architecture, can apply for building permits, according to city spokesperson Matthai Chakko.
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