Last Thursday, at a Zoning Adjustments Board meeting in Berkeley, a new housing development was proposed for the intersection of Adeline Street and Ashby Avenue. If successful, the construction of this new building will mean much-need new housing — but also the demolition of Flacos, a popular vegan Mexican restaurant.
The building, designed by Moshe Dinar and owned by Nathan Magganas, is proposed to be a five-story, mixed-use, residential and commercial building, with 42 units, 38 parking spaces, and 4,324 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.
Magganas says that he and Dinar want Flacos to operate out of their ground-floor commercial space, saying that they would be “very proud” for Flacos to make use of a brand new facility in a new building.
But Danny Sampaga, a Flacos employee, expressed reluctance and uncertainty about whether Flacos would agree to move into the new building, or…
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