S.F. Chronicle Covers Brower Center’s Progress

Environmental Warrior’s Posthumous Battle None of David Brower’s victories came easy, not even the eco-headquarters to be built in his honor. Brower, the pioneering environmentalist who died in 2000, spent his life fighting to save the country’s most fragile and spectacular wildlands. Fittingly, it took six years of legal...

Kenneth Brower writes about the Brower Center in Cal Monthly

Green Has a New Home In its gestation, the David Brower Center — an environmental think-tank planned for downtown Berkeley, at the edge of the UC campus — has passed the blueprint stage and is deep in its third trimester. Groundbreaking is scheduled for this fall. The building, which...

David Brower Center Receives Key City Approval

In May, acting on the recommendation of the Berkeley Housing Department, the Berkeley City Council approved a Disposition and Development Agreement for the David Brower Center, the last stage of city approval needed to allow the project to go forward. CEL cofounder Peter Buckley is chair of the board...

Berkeley City Council Approves Brower Center/Oxford Plaza Project

  Brower Center Project Clears Key City Vote City councilmbers Tuesday approved transferring the Oxford Plaza parking lot to developers Tuesday night, but their vote—the first of two—left as many questions as answers. On a 6-1-2 vote, with Betty Olds voting no and Gordon Wozniak and Laurie Capitelli abstaining,...

Berkeley lot to get ‘greener’

  BERKELEY — A process that would allow a developer to build a multimillion-dollar building complex dedicated to late Sierra Club leader David Brower has gotten the green light. The Berkeley City Council voted 6-3 Tuesday night to approve a disposition and development agreement that opens the door to...

Commentary: Brower Center, Ashby BART: A Right Way, a Wrong Way

In her Feb. 24 letter to the editor, Carolyn Sell mentions both the David Brower Center and plans to develop Ashby BART, an interesting combination which, for me, is an invitation to comment on how the city plans for the use of publicly controlled space. But first, it’s important...

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...