Berkeley City Council to sue landowner over vacant property

The Berkeley City Council is considering filing suit against the owner of a vacant lot in the city.  The lot is located at the intersection of Telegraph and Haste on the northeast corner and is described as being “rat-infested.”

In filing suit against the landowner, City Council members say they hope they will be able to aquire the $500,000 in liens on the property.  Officials say the lot is in a prime commercial area of the city and hope to make better use of it if they are able to take control over it.

The landowner was reported to have purchased the lot in 1994 after a hotel on the property burned down and the lot was abandoned.  The City Council  made multiple efforts to get the landowner to develop the lot beginning in 1998, but it has remained vacant since 1990.

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