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Getting Back To Business

Good news for the Berkeley site where the historic Sequoia Building on the corner of Telegraph and Haste was destroyed by a fire. The owners of the site have wasted no time in figuring out what to do next, and have submitted plans to the city for a temporary resurrection. The "canopy-like tents fixed to concrete pads, along with three shipping containers which would be used to house kitchens" will allow two restaurants that were gutted to reopen. "it will have an ad hoc quality, but could be really fun," Oakland architect Kirk Peterson, who designed the space, said. "It's a unique application and no-one has ever done this here which puts it into its own category. The owners want to get their businesses up and running again and the city is interested in moving things along as quickly as possible to help the neighborhood." [Berkeleyside]