Two of the few remaining single family home lots on Tennyson Street in the commercial district will be scraped and turned into apartments. The buildings at 4345 and 4347 Tennyson that formerly housed Mammoth Tattoo and Spruce men’s clothier (which moved across the street) were sold to First Stone Development for $1.73 million in January.
The developer, Lenny Taub, also bought the building next door at 4353 Tennyson, where children’s bookstore Second Star to the Right had been, for $900,000 in September of 2018.
According to BusinessDen, Taub said he plans to build a three-story apartment building across the three lots. The combined 0.33 acres would include 42 apartment units and ground floor retail. He anticipates breaking ground in a year.
Taub did not respond to requests for comment.
Mammoth owner William Thidemann, who sold the building to First Stone Development, said he really enjoyed being part of the Berkeley neighborhood and will miss the community.
“I wish the best for our old neighborhood. With that being said, I think it’s important to consider that development has its costs to local small businesses and neighborhood culture,” he said. “Tennyson is certainly different now then it was three years ago. I guess we will see if that’s a good change or not.”