Brower Center Could Break Ground in Fall

  Steve Barton, Berkeley’s housing director, said, “It’s probably the most complicated financial structure ever put together for a non-profit development in Berkeley, and quite possibly the most complicated for any Berkeley project.” But despite the complications, Barton said construction could start as soon as August on the David...

Council Approves Loan For Brower Center

  Berkeley city councilmembers voted Tuesday to pledge $4 million in federal funds to pay for community services and affordable housing as collateral for a federal loan to help fund the David Brower Center and Oxford Plaza. The council delayed acting on an appeal from the purported owner of...

Brower Center Permits Win ZAB Endorsement

Members of Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustments Board approved the use permits that would allow construction of the David Brower Center on the city’s Oxford Street parking lot. Bob Allen was the only member who voted against the permits for the two-building complex. Allen said he would support what was otherwise...

Downtown Plan Changed to Allow Brower Center, Housing

  Planning Commissioners Thursday voted unanimously to ask the City Council to amend the Berkeley’s Downtown Plan to allow construction of the David Brower Center complex. Two buildings will rise above the site of the city’s Oxford Plaza parking lot along the west side of Fulton Street between Kittredge...

Planners Tackle Brower Center, UC Parking, Sports Fields

Planning Commissioners sang the praises of the proposed David Brower Center Wednesday night, but city planning staff wondered just how they could fit the complex into existing city zoning laws downtown. In another case, commissioners were forced to accept a condo project where the developer had figured out a...

Design Committee Praises Plan for Brower Center

They came, they saw, they liked. Berkeley’s Design Review Committee got its first look at plans for the David Brower Center and the accompanying affordable housing project Thursday and gave both a resounding seven thumbs up. It was the four-story Browe r Center—designed to be one of the world’s...

Green building would honor Brower

The “greenest” building complex in the Bay Area would sprout from an old parking lot in downtown Berkeley as a memorial of sorts to David Brower, the pioneering environmentalist who died four years ago, under plans expected to be approved tonight. The $47 million center would have solar generators...

Brower Center Built on Innovative Funds

  To honor the legacy of Berkeley-born environmentalist David Brower, architects of the complex that will bear his name are using state-of-the-art “green” building techniques, while next door on the site, affordable housing developer Resources for Community Development (RCD) is employing the most innovative financing plan Uncle Sam has...