Stuart Flashman

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.

Planning Commission Unanimously Approves Safeway's Rockridge Shopping Center Project

Saturday, October 5, 2013

After a two-hour public hearing on September 25, the Oakland Planning Commission unanimously approved Safeway's plans for rebuilding the Rockridge Shopping Center, located at the corner of Broadway and Pleasant Valley Avenue.

Land Use Update

Saturday, October 12, 2013

College Avenue Safeway Project at College Claremont

As reported in last month's Rockridge News, Safeway violated its settlement agreement with RCPC and two other community groups by submitting its building permit application to the city without first meeting with the groups to discuss major design changes from the plan approved by the city. The city agreed to stop processing the application until Safeway complied with the agreement, and Safeway has now met with the groups and reviewed its intended changes.

Rockridge Area Safeway Projects Still Problematic

Thursday, September 12, 2013

>> Update: The Rockridge Shopping Center Final EIR has been issued and a certification public hearing set for Sept. 25. Revised project drawings and FEIR available here.

>>College Avenue Store Replacement: In Its Haste to Start Construction, Safeway Violates Agreement

Final EIR for Rockridge Shopping Center Rebuild to be Issued Soon

Land Use Update

Thursday, September 12, 2013

In support of revisions to the city's off-street parking requirements for new construction as part of citywide rezoning, the city conducted a study of off-street parking for multifamily residential buildings. The study looked at the behavior of 294 Oakland households in 11 residential buildings in the Fruitvale, Jack London Square, and Telegraph Avenue areas. (The buildings include 815 units, but only about a third of the households responded.)

June Town Hall Meeting Draws a Full House

Monday, July 8, 2013

It was obvious that public safety was much on people's minds, especially with the looming deadline for the city to approve a new budget, as a capacity crowd filled the Rockridge Branch Library meeting room for the June 20 joint Rockridge Community Planning Council - Greater Rockridge Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council Town Hall meeting.

A major reason for the large turnout was the presence of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and Interim Police Chief Sean Whent, who both focused their remarks on public safety issues.

Land Use Update

Saturday, July 6, 2013

College Avenue Safeway Project, College & Claremont Avenues

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the current store will be closing early in July, possibly as soon as July 8. Demolition will begin shortly thereafter, once hazardous material removal is complete. Construction of the new store will likely begin early in the fall.

Land Use Report: College Ave. Safeway, Rockridge Center Rebuild, Off-Street Parking Requirements

Saturday, June 8, 2013

College Avenue Safeway Project, College and Claremont Avenues: This project, modified extensively by a settlement agreement between Safeway and community groups in Rockridge and Elmwood, is moving toward closing and demolition of the current store this summer. (If you see people in white "hazmat" suits on the site, they're exploring to ensure that hazardous or toxic materials such as asbestos or PCBs are identified for safe disposal.) Construction of the new store and shopping building should begin late this year, and is expected to take approximately a year.

RCPC Town Hall: Meet Councilmember Dan Kalb

Friday, April 5, 2013

"It's a lot of work, about what I expected, but I'm a workaholic generally," said Dan Kalb, characterizing his first months as the City Councilmember for Council District 1 which includes Rockridge.

Kalb met late in March with RCPC board members Stuart Flashman and Don Kinkead to discuss a range of Oakland and Rockridge issues in anticipation of his attendance at the RCPC April Town Hall meeting.

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