Stuart Flashman

Land Use Update: Safeways, College Ave Retail

Thursday, June 11, 2015

College Avenue Safeway Project - College and Claremont Avenues: As those who go by the new store will notice, the electronic sign that is supposed to show how many spaces are available in the parking deck is still not working properly. Safeway has been told of the problem, which violates both the settlement agreement with the community groups and the City's conditions of approval for the project. We are still waiting to hear when and how it will be fixed.

Kick-off slated for study of CN-1 zoning

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A study of CN-1 zoning (the zoning for the College Ave commercial area, as well as other thriving Oakland neighborhood commercial areas) will kick off next Wednesday evening, May 27th, with a meeting at the Rockridge Branch Library.  RCPC's land use committee will be hosting the first meeting in conjunction with the monthly land use committee meeting.

Land Use Update: Safeway, Merrill Gardens, Temescal Apartments, Nautilus, College Ave. Retail

Monday, April 13, 2015

College Avenue Safeway Project, College and Claremont Avenues: RCPC and the community groups that reached a settlement with Safeway over this project submitted a punch list of issues to Safeway and Terramar, the new owner of the retail building, in February. The groups met with Todd Paradis, Safeway's regional real estate manager, and its attorney in mid-March. The meeting was far from harmonious, but RCPC expects Safeway to comply with its settlement obligations and the city's use permit.

Land Use Update: College Ave. Safeway, Merrill Gardens, Rockridge Shopping Center, Temescal Apartments, Redwoods

Monday, March 9, 2015

In February, the Land Use Committee discussed updates on a number of projects proposed or currently moving forward in the neighborhood as well as neighborhood concerns about the proposed removal of six redwood trees at the former Shell station site at the corner of College and Claremont.

Land Use Update: College Ave Safeway, Rockridge Shopping Center/Merrill Gardens, College Ave. Zoning

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Although the College Avenue Safeway has opened, there are a number of items that do not yet comply with either the use permit conditions or the settlement agreement with community groups. The groups are submitting a list of uncompleted items to Safeway and Terramar (the new owner of the retail building), as is the city. The groups plan to meet with Safeway in February to resolve those items not yet completed. Please e-mail information about issues you have with the project to landuse@rockridge.org.

Land Use Update: Merrill Gardens, Rockridge Shopping Center, College Ave Retail Zoning

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Rockridge Shopping Center /Merrill Gardens Senior Housing Project - Broadway and Pleasant Valley/51st Street: Demolition and construction of these two projects have not started, but should begin shortly. Both projects now have Internet websites where you can check on construction status. The site URL addresses are:

College Ave Safeway Runs Afoul of City Rules

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Construction of the College Avenue Safeway project has recently slowed to a crawl due to several factors:

Land Use Update: College Ave Safeway, Rockridge Shopping Center/Merrill Gardens, College Ave. Zoning

Saturday, December 13, 2014

College Avenue Safeway Project- College and Claremont Avenues Construction of the Safeway building is nearing completion, but there have been more glitches. In response to merchant concerns about the lack of parking in the pre-Thanksgiving week, Safeway agreed to temporarily reopen on-street parking on the east side of College Avenue. However, as of November 30, Safeway has stated the parking will again disappear between December 1 and December 6.

Land Use Update: College Ave Safeway, Rockridge Shopping Center, College Ave. Retail Zoning

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The November Land Use Committee meeting is Wednesday, November 26, 7:30 p.m. in a meeting place to be determined (library meeting room unavailable). Check at this website for location and agenda, or call co-chair Stu Flashman at 652-5373. Meetings are open to the public.

Land Use Update: Nautilus Residential, Temescal Apartments, Ramen Shop, College Ave. Safeway

Friday, October 3, 2014

Nautilus Residential Project - Telegraph Ave (East Side) Between 51st Street & Claremont Avenue: This large (over 200 residential units) residential/mixed use project would replace two approved but unbuilt projects, Civiq and Creekside. The land use committee, and some nearby neighbors, heard a presentation by the developer (plans available here).

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