Stuart Flashman

College Ave Project: Safeway, 1 ; Neighborhood, Zip

Thursday, September 6, 2012

At the end of a four-hour long hearing dominated by neighborhood residents opposed to the project, the Oakland Planning Commission unanimously approved Safeway's College Avenue Safeway Shopping Center Project at a public meeting July 26. RCPC's attorney, Michael Graf, joined by Rockridge and neighboring Berkeley residents, objected to the project's traffic, parking, air quality, toxics, and visual impacts, and cited its inconsistency with the zoning and general plan designations for the site.

Caldecott Settlement Project Examined

Friday, April 6, 2012

City staff and consultants joined City Council member Jane Brunner in a public meeting to discuss the first six projects included in Oakland's settlement agreement with Caltrans over the Caldecott Improvement Project, or Fourth Bore.

The goal of the meeting, held March 26 at Kaiser Elementary School, was for participants to tell the city their thoughts on these designs, before the city moves forward to the final pre-construction stage.

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. 

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