Stuart Flashman

Old Chase Building Demolition Update

Monday, January 15, 2018

If you've driven past the corner of Broadway and Pleasant Valley in the last week, you may have noticed activity there.  Here's the latest update from TRC, Inc., the developers of "Shops at the Ridge," on the demolition of the old, asbestos-contaminated Chase Bank building at the corner.  Demolition had been stalled by the discovery that the cables holding up the roof deck were covered with asbestos.  The City has now issued a demolition permit to take the building down, and the plans have been approved by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which

December Land Use Committee Meeting

Monday, December 18, 2017

There will be a short Land Use Committee meeting this month.  As of now, there are two items on the agenda.

Chase Bank Demolition - latest update

Monday, December 18, 2017

REVISED INFORMATION AS OF DECEMBER 15.

The City of Oakland's employee strike delayed issuance of the demolition permit.  However, we've now been informed that TRC plans to restart demolition around December 20th. Their plan is still to have demolition completed by the end of February 2018. 

October Town Hall Report – Big Plans for CCA Re-Use; Zilch for ‘Ridge Shops’ Phase 2

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Rockridge Community Planning Council's (RCPC) October Town Hall meeting was a "twofer": presentations about two adjacent but not connected sets of development plans along Broadway at the eastern boundary of Rockridge. One, the re-use of the California College of the Arts (CCA) Oakland campus; the other, the stalled Phase 2 of the "Shops at the Ridge" project.

Video of October 2017 Town Hall available

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A video of the October RCPC Town Hall, featuring Darin Ranelletti of the City of Oakland explaining the current status of the Shops at the Ridge Project phase II and the problem of asbestos contamination of the old Chase Bank building, and, a presentation by representatives of the California College of Art and their chosen developer of preliminary plans for redevelopment/re-use of CCA's Oakland campus. The video can be found at: https://youtu.be/paOVflVUoWU

RCPC Land Use Committee to Preview Calif. College of Arts Plans, discuss impacts of housing scenarios

Friday, September 22, 2017

The RCPC Land Use Committee will hold its regular September meeting at the Rockridge branch library upstairs meeting room on Wednesday, September 27th, starting at 7:30 PM.  At this point, there are two items on the agenda:

August Land Use Committee Meeting Cancelled

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

August being the month for vacations and other absences, the August meeting of RCPC's land use committee is being cancelled.  This will also allow additional time for preparation, posting, and public review of the draft analysis of alternatives for the five alternative scenarios under consideration.  That discussion will happen at the committee's regular September 27th meeting (7:30 PM, at the Rockridge Branch Library, 2nd floor meeting room). 

July Land Use Committee meeting to continue study of Rockridge Housing.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tomorrow night's (July 26th) meeting of the Land Use Committee will continue the committee's discussion of housing in Rockridge.  Last month's meeting marked the unveiling of five alternative scenarios for Rockridge's housing future, ranging from a market-based upzoning the the entire area to more modest changes focused on incentivizing building new affordable units to leaving the current zoning as-is.  (see report on that meeting below)

Five Rockridge Housing Scenarios Unveiled

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

While there was not a quorum of members present, the June RCPC Land Use Committee meeting nevertheless served as an opportunity to unveil five alternative scenarios for meeting Rockridge's future housing needs.  The scenarios follow up on RCPC's April Town Hall meeting, which focused on the future of housing in Rockridge.  At that meeting three alternative futures had been presented and discussed - one for maximum growth, one with a focus on encouraging affordable housing, and one that would leave the area’s zoning more or less as it is now.

Land Use Committee Continues Study of Rockridge Housing

Monday, May 22, 2017

The May Land Use Committee meeting (Wed., May 24th, 7:30 PM at Rockridge Library) will continue the disussion of housing policy for Rockridge.  Following up on the April Town Hall, the committee will consider additional alternative scenarios, with their pluses and minuses.  The Committee will also work on identifying experts to provide help in analyzing alternatives, and look at possible incentives to promote construction of affordable units in Rockridge.

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