ZAB Delays Decision on Kashani Condos

By Richard Brenneman
Friday December 12, 2008 - 05:34:00 PM

Berkeley’s Zoning Adjustment’s Board delayed approval of developer Ali Kashani’s five-story condo project at the corner of Ashby and San Pablo avenues on Thursday. 

The decision came after Steven Wollmer, a land use activist, pointed to problem in the wording of the proposed use permit's handling of the project’s affordable housing units. 

The 98-unit, five-story project is being developed by Kashani and his partner Mark Rhoades, formerly the city’s land use planning manager. 

Board members also approved a three-story office building at 1906 Shattuck Ave., demolition of the former Twin Castle diner at 3020 San Pablo Ave., and a beer and wine sales and tasting permit for 2949 College Ave. 

The board also approved architect Kava Massih’s request to build a 777-square-foot quick service restaurant with outdoor seating at 1326 10th St., the site of a former nursery.