Just last week, the owner of the historic Sequoia Apartment building that burned down in the Haste Street fire two years ago submitted new design plans to the city of Berkeley.
The proposal, submitted by Kenneth Ent and designed by Kahn Design Associates, involves constructing a new 43,915 square foot building that will house 42 apartment units and two restaurants at 2441 Haste Street, according to the application.
The new design calls for a four story U-shaped building centered around a courtyard, similar to the previous structure, a 1916 Sequoia building. However, the original Sequoia apartments were five stories, contained 44 units and was approximately 65 feet tall whereas the proposed height for the new building would be 58 feet.
In November 2011, a fire broke out and ravaged the five-story apartment building and the two restaurants, Raleigh’s Bar & Grill and Cafe Intermezzo, located on the bottom floor. The apartment building was demolished in subsequent months after it was deemed structurally unsound and at risk of collapse.