ZAB Looks at Mental Health Services, Berkeley Iceland

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday February 20, 2007

The Zoning Adjustments Board will hear the request for a use permit modification by the City of Berkeley Mental Health and Human Services to change the hours of operation of the Health and Human Services mobile crisis team at 2433 Channing Way from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. to 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. 

The board first approved the mobile crisis team, located within the Sather Gate Mall, on Nov. 27, 2006. 

Berkeley Iceland has withdrawn its application for an appeal of the temporary administrative use permit to install a temporary outdoor refrigeration system on the southern side of the property for the existing ice skating rink at 2727 Milvia St. 

Berkeley Iceland announced last month that it would be closing its doors in March because of poor profits. It is currently up for sale for $6.45 million. The group SaveBerkeleyIceland.org is rallying to save the historic rink from being closed.  


Other matters 

Applicant Bruce Kelly is requesting a use permit to construct a new two-story single-family dwelling with 1,460 square feet of floor area, two parking spaces, at an average height of 24 feet, on a 3,295 square foot vacant lot at 161 Panoramic Way. 

ZAB has received eleven letters from area residents so far expressing concern related to fire hazard and parking. 

Neighbors are also worried about building on such a steep slope which ranges from approximately 30 to 45 degrees.  

ZAB will hear the request of Michael Nilmeyer of Nilmeyer/Nilmeyer Associates for a use permit to construct a 7,245 square foot concrete block warehouse building with associated office space at 1230 Fifth St.  

The property currently houses a fire- damaged building with no parking. 

The board will hear a request by Christopher Witherspoon to convert a daycare center back to a single-family residence on a 6,105 square foot lot at 1226 Rose St. that already contains a single-family residence. 

The board will hear a request for an administrative use permit by Lise Mathews to extend the second floor building mass on the south side at 1838 San Juan, two feet and 10 inches towards the rear property line. The staff report recommends denying the request. 

The board will hear a request by Ken Renworth and Catherine Crowley for a use permit to construct a new three-story single family home with 2,880 square feet of floor area and a detached hot tub at 43 Senior Ave.