Same council, new mandate

CITY AFFAIRS: Following an election that reaffirmed the status quo on Berkeley City Council, officials must do a better job of working together.

Tuesday’s election results left the makeup of Berkeley City Council completely unchanged: All four incumbent council members were re-elected, as was Mayor Tom Bates. However, just because Berkeley’s main elected officials are the same does not mean their attitudes should remain static. The city’s challenges are steep, as exposed over
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Clean-up of the vacant lot on the corner of Telegraph and Haste took place last September.

As legal proceedings begin, progress remains stalled for vacant lot

Development at the vacant lot at 2501 Haste Street along Telegraph Avenue remains stalled, despite Friday’s court hearing between the city of Berkeley and the lot’s owner. Last September, the city decided to foreclose on the lot’s $641,000 lien, claiming owner Kenneth Sarachan did not submit a complete permit application
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The western view of the building.

Plans for vacant Telegraph lot meet obstacles

The designs for a new project that would fill a long-vacant lot on Telegraph Avenue have been completed but will have to face some obstacles before any plans can come to fruition. Although it has been empty for about 20 years, the lot — at 2501 Haste St. — could soon
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The Telegraph Avenue lot where a branch of Andronicos once stood now sits empty.

CVS to move into Andronico’s former Telegraph location

Though now boarded up and empty, the vacant lot on Telegraph Avenue where Andronico’s once stood might welcome a new CVS as early as next year. After Andronico’s Community Markets declared bankruptcy last year, the company closed the Telegraph branch in December — an underperforming location that was a financial
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The city filed a lawsuit last week against the owner of the vacant lot at the corner of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue.

City files lawsuit against vacant lot owner

Nearly five months after the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to foreclose on the almost $641,000 lien for the vacant lot at 2501 Haste St., the city has filed a lawsuit against the property owner. Court documents list property owner Kenneth Sarachan defendant in the suit, which was filed with the
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Updates, photos from apartment building fire on Telegraph Avenue

Berkeley firefighters are working to contain a fire that broke out at an apartment building on the corner of Telegraph Avenue and Haste Street at about 8:48 p.m. Friday. The building has been evacuated and traffic on nearby streets has been blocked for several hours. As of 1:06 a.m. Saturday,
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The vacant lot on the corner of Telegraph Ave and Haste Street sits empty as cars pass by.

Architecture students propose range of ideas for vacant Telegraph lot

This summer, UC Berkeley architecture students drew up designs ranging from an “Urban Ecology Center” to an Institute for Anarchic Studies to develop the vacant lot on the corner of Haste Street and Telegraph Avenue. Darell Fields, a lecturer in the campus Department of Architecture who provided guidance for the
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