Hitting the Streets - around Berkeley Iceland
Folks from SBI will be making the rounds of the Berkeley Iceland to spread the message that we needed places for healthy fun more than another big "shopping experience." Our message is simple, Skating not $hopping! With the goal to save the building itself accomplished, the discussion now focuses on the appropriateness of replacing a beloved community ice rink, with all the health and culltural benefits it brings, with a 71,000 square foot big box retail operation.
Thursday started the new public phase for the future of Berkeley Iceland. Sports Basement presented its plans to Berkeley's Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) in the first public step to gain the permits and exceptions they need. These plans include a number of items which will have significant impact on the surrounding community - particularly parking, traffic and use. We will be providing our view on the plans in another post along with alternative views which could restore and expand the community center. We encourage everyone with a view on the project to contact the City, current owners and Sports Basement (contact information is available on this list) and let have your voices heard.