Stuart Flashman

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

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).

Land Use Update: Safeway, Merrill Gardens, Civiq/Creekside, Future of College Ave

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Merrill Gardens at Rockridge:West Side of Broadway North of 51st Street: This project, which proposes market-rate senior housing over ground floor retail, received final Planning Commission approval on June 18. Neighbors of the project had concerns about project access by construction equipment and deliveries as well as removal of street trees. For the most part, these appear to have been addressed during negotiations with the developer and conditions of approval included in the use permit for the project.

Land Use Update: Cafe, Permit "Sunset", Personal Services

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cafe Proposal for 5269 Broadway (minor conditional use permit required)
The committee discussed a proposal for a cafe to be located at 5269 Broadway. It would be open during the day and cater to students at the California College of Art. Although an applicant representative did not attend the meeting, committee members present felt they had sufficient information about the proposal to make an informed recommendation to the board of directors. The recommendation is that RCPC not oppose the application.

Soundwall Study Supporters Appeal City Decision

Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Rockridge Ad-hoc Sound Wall Committee, which collected and submitted more than 300 signatures favoring sound wall studies, has appealed the rejection of the petitions by the city's Transportation Services Division. Among other concerns, the appeal points out that the petition process was not like those for permit parking or speed humps. Both of those require signatures of residents, not property owners.

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