This Thursday, May 3rd, Berkeley Iceland once again goes before the Berkeley Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC). This time, instead of providing for protection of the building, the LPC will be evaluating Sports Basement's "Structural Alteration Permit". In this case, the alteration is the replacement of the berms on the North and South sites of Berkeley Iceland with a parking lot. The Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) certified the Sports Basement EIR, the first step to "rehabilitating" Berkeley Iceland, which provided for removal of the berms with mitigation actions that are woefully insufficient - pictures and a "green" wall that won't do anything to modify significant impact of the mass of the building in its neighborhood.
While the LPC will be taking comments from the public on this, the City staff is recommending approval of the permit based on the conditions in the EIR. At a minimum, we need to push the LPC to hold out for significant mitigations which the LPC recommended in their comments to the EIR. Sports Basement needs to ensure that the significant impact they are having on the neighborhood is reduced as much as feasible, and that goes beyond just pictures and wall treatments.
When: Thursday, May 3 2012
Where: North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Avenue
Link: LPC May 3, 2012 Agenda