The proposed new Berkeley Bowl planned for 9th Street and Heinz Avenue in West Berkeley is nearing the initial phase of the environmental review process.
Glen Yasuda’s plan to open a second version of his highly popular Shattuck Avenue grocery store has run into several snags along the way, and critics successfully fought for a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
The first step in preparing an EIR is the scoping process in which community members and others are invited to make suggestions about issues to be raised in the preparation of the report.
Written comments will be accepted until Aug. 5, said planner Allan Gatzke, and a scoping meeting at which members of the public can present written or spoken presentations has been scheduled for July 27 at 7 p.m. in the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave.
Plans call for a total of 97,970 square feet in two buildings and 201 parking spaces, 99 of them in an underground lot.
Neighbors are worried about increased traffic and parking that the store could bring to the already congested Ashby Avenue corridor and to other surface streets in the area.
For more details on the project, see www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/planning/landuse/eirs.html#IS and click on 920 Heinz St. General Plan Amendment and Rezoning and the links below.
To submit comments by mail, write to City of Berkeley, Land Use Planning Division, ATTN: Allan Gatzke, 2118 Milvia St., 1st Floor, Berkeley 94704.›