Stuart Flashman

RCPC to Consider Housing Policy Recommendations for Rockridge

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Unless you're Rip Van Winkel, if you live in Rockridge you are probably aware that Oakland is facing a serious housing crisis.  The supply of housing has not kept up with the fast-increasing demand.  As a result, home prices and rents have been rapidly escalating, and it's becoming harder and harder for anyone except the very well-to-do to find Oakland housing they can affort.

RCPC - Nautilus Group Agreement Finalized

Thursday, November 10, 2016

After the City approved the Nautilus Group's project on Telegraph Avenue (5110 Telegraph Ave., between 51st Street and Claremont Ave.), RCPC and Nautilus opened discussions on things both parties wanted, but the City hadn't included in its approval.  Chief among these was providing protection for neighboring residents in case the project resulted in an on-street parking space shortage and led to establishing a residential permit parking zone for the area. 

Land Use Update: Nautilus Mixed-Use Project; Telegraph Avenue Between 51st Street and Claremont Avenue

Sunday, May 8, 2016

This 204 unit project includes 16 very-low-income units, a 28,000 sq.ft. grocery store and 6,000 sq.ft. of restaurant/retail space. It is now scheduled for a public hearing and potential approval at the Planning Commission's Wednesday, June 1, meeting at City Hall, starting at 6 p.m. (Note revised date - see below) The specific project will likely not be heard until 7 p.m. or later, but speaker cards are usually called in the order submitted.

Land Use Update: Rockridge Home space, Town Hall, Broadway/51st Construction Update

Saturday, April 9, 2016

5418 College Avenue (Former Site of Rockridge Home)
A sign of the times? (See this month's Town Hall program, "The Future of Retail on College Avenue.") Rockridge Home is closing its doors, perhaps a victim of the changing retail environment. The owners of the space are now looking for a new tenant. Could there be an expansion of the Namaste Yoga studio from its space next door? Perhaps another hair or nail salon? Perhaps a real estate or professional office?

Land Use Update: College Avenue Safeway Project (College and Claremont Avenues)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The now year-old retail building at the northeast corner of College and Claremont Avenues was sold to Southern California company Terramar Retail Centers. The company proposes to lease the large space at the southern tip of the building to Fremont Bank. The site's CN-1 zoning requires obtaining a Conditional Use Permit from the City. RCPC is gathering input on what Fremont Bank's plans would be, and the community's reaction. Plans will be presented at the next meeting of the Land Use Committee, Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. upstairs in the Rockridge Library.

Update on Secondary Units Proposal

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The proposed Oakland city ordinance for Secondary Units received its second public reading at the January 19 City Council meeting. An amendment proposed by Councilman Dan Kalb was included.

Owing to an administrative error, the complete proposed ordinance was not submitted to the Council, and it was unable to take action. The final adoption was rescheduled to February 2.

College Ave. Safeway Project, College & Claremont Avenues

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Well, at long last, the electronic parking space monitor for the Safeway rooftop parking deck is working - sort-of. After an initial period when it showed more spaces available than the deck even held, followed by a period when the display constantly said Òfull,Ó it now appears the display is starting to be at least roughly accurate, so that, when the sign says "full," it may actually mean there are no spaces available.

Land Use Update: Shops at the Ride (Safeway), Nautlius

Monday, November 16, 2015

Rockridge Shopping Center Redevelopment (AKA - Shops at The Ridge): Broadway and Pleasant Valley Avenue
Members of the community met with representatives of Terramar Properties on October 13 at the Rockridge Library. As those passing the site have noticed, work is well underway, especially on the new Chase Bank building (two-story structure near the Pleasant Valley entrance) and the new Safeway (further back from that same entrance). Plans are largely unchanged from those approved by the City, but there have been two design changes:

RCPC Land Use Committee agenda - October 28th, 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Wednesday's Land Use Committee meeting (7:30 PM at the Rockridge Branch Library upstairs meeting room) will focus on discussion and a vote on the Nautilus Group's 204 unit residential/mixed use project on Telegraph Ave.  See last month's article for details on the project.  The committee will vote on its recommendation to the RCPC Board.

Nautilus Project follow-up - Design Review

Monday, October 12, 2015

On Wednesday, Sept. 30th, the Design Review Committee of the Oakland Planning Commission held a public hearing on the Nautilus Group's large mixed-use project.  The project is located on Telegraph Avenue, spanning the block between 51st Street and Claremont Ave.  It is six stories high along Telegragh Ave. and 51st Street, dropping to four stories along Clarke Street, where it meets the border of Rockridge's residential area.

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