Stuart Flashman

RCPC and the Two Rockridge Safeway Projects -- An Editorial Opinion

Friday, October 14, 2011

Rockridge is unique, perhaps among all neighborhoods in America, in simultaneously having two proposals for expanded Safeway stores.  These projects are not happening in isolation, and their simultaneity is far from random.  Safeway has nationwide plans to expand stores to fit its “Lifestyle Store” model.  That model calls for minimum 50,000 sq. ft.

Design Review Committee gets an earful about College Avenue Safeway Project

Friday, October 14, 2011

The October 12th Design Review Committee hearing on the College Avenue Safeway Shopping Center (postponed from October 28th due the Jewish High Holidays) had more than its share of fireworks, as well as a lot of negative comments on Safeway's project.  After a short introduction by Oakland planner Peterson Vollman, Safeway's architect, Ken Lowney, presented the design of the shopping center, emphasizing how well it would fit into College Avenue.

RCPC Plans Appointment for Board Vacancy

Friday, October 14, 2011

Due to the resignation of board member Ashley Etling, RCPC plans to fill a board vacancy by appointment.

Board members must be Rockridge residents living in the area defined by the boundary map, 18 years of age or older, and are expected to sit on an RCPC committee.

For more information, e-mail chair@rockridge.org.

Land Use Update: Rockridge Center and College Ave. Safeways

Sunday, May 8, 2011

As reported in last month’s Land Use Committee Update, the Draft Environmental Impacts Reports (DEIRs) for these two large and important projects have again been delayed.

RCPC Board of Directors Seeks “New Blood”

Sunday, May 8, 2011

No, we’re not vampires, but RCPC is looking for two new members for its board of directors. While six current board members are up for re-election this month, there are also two vacancies in seats not up for election.

Citywide Zoning Update

Saturday, December 4, 2010

January 2011

The Planning Commission approved citywide revisions to Oakland’s zoning at its December 15thmeeting and sent them forward for City Council consideration and approval.  For the most part, Rockridge’s zoning has been left unchanged.  However, Telegraph Avenue through Temescal and north to the Berkeley border is proposed for heights of up to sixty feet, despite how that will tower over the adjoining historic and small-scale residential areas. 

Safeway Plans for redeveloping the Rockridge Shopping Center

Monday, January 3, 2011

Two years ago, Safeway proposed initial plans for rebuilding the Rockridge Shopping Center.  This fifteen acre strip mall at the corner of Broadway and Pleasant Valley Avenue is North Oakland's largest commercial center.  (The O/E Bay Bridge East shopping center at 40th Street and San Pablo Avenue is larger, but half of it is in Emeryville.)  Those plans were widely criticized for an unimaginative suburban design.

Rockridge Shopping Center Reconstruction Project (Broadway and Pleasant Valley)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Planning Commission’s design review committee will hold a public hearing December 8, 5 p.m., at City Hall, Hearing Room 1, to review this project, which will reconstruct and expand North Oakland’s most important shopping center.

RCPC is working with four other local community groups to present an alternative community proposal.

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