This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 4 A California appeals court ruled Friday that a $312 million plan to turn Berkeley's historic People's Park into housing for about 1,100 students and more than 100 of the homeless people who regularly camp on the 2.8-acre site fails to address environmental concerns surrounding the proposed construction projects. The unanimous ruling by the First District Appellate Court brings the project to a standstill until the University of California can conduct a new environmental study — a temporary victory for neighborhood groups that sought to preserve the park as an open space. Under the university's proposed plan, more than half of the historic park would remain open to the public. The other half would host a 17-story building that UC Berkeley hopes will house more than 1,100 students. The university provides housing for just 23% of its students, by far the lowest rate in the state university system. The university also pledged to build a separate space with 125 beds for low-income and homeless people, some of whom now sleep at the park. The appeals court ruling, which had been previously floated in a preliminary review , comes six… Read full this story
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