Stuart Flashman

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.

Land Use Update: Safeway, Permit "Sunset"

Saturday, March 8, 2014

College Avenue Safeway Project: College & Claremont Avenues
Construction continues on this large and important project. Construction updates will be reported regularly in The Rockridge News, beginning this month. RCPC and the three other community groups will meet monthly with Safeway to discuss construction progress and any construction activity issues. If you live near the store and see or hear anything you think Safeway needs to know about (and perhaps do something about), please contact RCPC at 869-4200 or info@rockridge.org.

Is Safeway for Sale?

Land Use Update: Safeway, Permit "Sunset"

Saturday, March 8, 2014

College Avenue Safeway Project: College & Claremont Avenues
Construction continues on this large and important project. Construction updates will be reported regularly in The Rockridge News, beginning this month. RCPC and the three other community groups will meet monthly with Safeway to discuss construction progress and any construction activity issues. If you live near the store and see or hear anything you think Safeway needs to know about (and perhaps do something about), please contact RCPC at 869-4200 or info@rockridge.org.

Soundwall Study Petition Effort In Home Stretch: Petitions Must be Submitted by March 12

Saturday, February 8, 2014

After almost a year of contention, Rockridge residents living near Highway 24 have their last chance to choose whether their area remains on a path toward eventual soundwalls by signing a petition in support of soundwall feasibility studies.

Land Use Update: Safeway, Merrill Gardens

Saturday, February 8, 2014

College Avenue Safeway Project, College & Claremont: Those who live near the Safeway on College site are already aware that construction has begun on the foundation for the new Safeway building. RCPC and the other three community groups that negotiated building and construction plans with the company will meet monthly with Safeway to discuss construction progress and any issues involving construction activities.

Land Use Update: Safeway, Merrill Gardens, Rockridge Apartments

Saturday, January 11, 2014

College Avenue Safeway Project, College and Claremont Avenues: Negotiations between Safeway and the three community groups - Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC), Friends and Neighbors of College Avenue (FANS), and Berkeleyans for Pedestrian Oriented Development (BPOD) - have continued over Safeway's College Avenue Shopping Center after Safeway made major changes to the project as approved by the city in 2012 and then submitted a building permit application to the city based on the revised drawings in violation of its settlement agreement with the three groups.

Land Use Update: Safeway, Bica, Bourbon & Beef

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

College Avenue Safeway: College & Claremont Avenues: At a two-and-a-half hour negotiating session on November 1, Safeway representatives (led by Corporate Vice President for Real Estate Steve Berndt), and the three community groups - Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC), Friends and Neighbors of College Avenue (FANS), and Berkeleyans for Pedestrian Oriented Development (BPOD) - hashed out a compromise agreement over Safeway's increasing the height of its new College Avenue store.

Land Use Update: Safeway, Restaurants, Off-Street Parking

Friday, November 8, 2013

College Avenue Safeway Project (College & Claremont Avenues)
As previously reported, Safeway violated its settlement agreement with the three local community groups (including RCPC) by submitting a building permit application to the city without first meeting with the groups to discuss changes to its plans that differ from what the City Council approved last December. Those changes were considerable, and not for the better.

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