In news that developers hope will make wealthy, aging Boomers with Berkeley aspirations positively salivate, the Claremont Club & Spa, a historic hotel in the East Bay hills that straddles Berkeley and Oakland, is proposing to build 45 condos on what's now their parking lot.
“It’s an opportunity for new housing, which is desperately needed in the Bay Area,” developer Michael Ghielmetti told the Chronicle. He adds that the area is perfect for empty nesters: “If empty nesters move into those condos, it’ll free up homes for new families to move in.”
The Claremont, built in 1915, is in the midst of some heavy remodeling/modernization at the hands of the Fairmont hotel group, who purchased the property from Richard Blum, Dianne Feinstein's husband, two years ago. The resort, complete with tennis courts and swimming pool, now boasts a new restaurant from the decorated chef Dominique Crenn — Antoinette.
Though some neighbors have concerns about traffic or blemishing the hotel itself, most seem enthused. A meeting is scheduled to take place in the hotel on Thursday to discuss the plans, which would break ground as early as 2018.