Stuart Flashman

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.

Rockridge Center Safeway Project Archive

Monday, November 1, 2010

Nov. 6, 2010: Land Use Committee Discusses the Center

The Land Use Committee discussed design aspects of this very large project at its October meeting. The committee expressed concerns about the large amount of surface parking being proposed, the location of the Safeway at the rear of the center and far removed from transit stops, the ineffective use of the project’s frontage on the adjoining quarry pond, and the relative inactivity of the design’s Broadway and Pleasant Valley street frontage.

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