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Judge rejects development proposal for Bay Area Indigenous site

An Alameda County Superior Court judge denied a streamlined approval process for the construction of a mixed-use housing complex on the historical West Berkeley Shellmound on Monday, putting an end to a nearly year-long legal battle between developers, the city of Berkeley and community members of the Ohlone tribe.

Development on the West Berkeley Shellmound has been a point of contention since 2015, when developers Ruegg & Ellsworth and the Frank Spenger Company first filed for a permit with the city of Berkeley to construct a mixed-use building on the site. Community members and members of the Ohlone tribe have since pushed to halt development on the site, citing the West Berkeley Shellmound’s status as a historical structure.

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