Stuart Flashman

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.

ULTRA alternatives for the Rockridge Shopping Center

Here are two alternatives proposed by Urbanists for a Livable Temescal Rockridge Area ("ULTRA") for redevelopment of the Rockridge Shopping Center.  ULTRA advocates higher-density transit-oriented residential development. 

College Avenue Safeway Shopping Center (Corner of College & Claremont Avenues)

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on this 62,000 sq. ft. commercial project is expected to be released some time in the next month or two. RCPC will post information about the DEIR’s availability on the rockridge.org Web site and will also send out notification of the publication on the RCPC e-newsletter. Copies should be available for review at the Rockridge branch library and in electronic form on the City’s Web site.

Rockridge Montessori School (6516 Broadway)

The RCPC board heard from Rockridge Montessori’s owners and architect at its June meeting. Boardmembers expressed concern about the inadequacy of the traffic report, potential impact to bicycle safety, especially after bike lanes are installed on Broadway, and the school’s continuing expansion into a residential-zoned area. In the end, the board voted to oppose the application unless the school agreed to a number of conditions, including several traffic mitigation measures and a binding commitment not to seek any further expansion without prior approval from the RCPC board.

Citywide Zoning Update

After a series of public meetings where zoning plans were presented, city staff now believes the city’s proposed zoning revisions are ready to begin the formal approval process. The first step will be a review by the Planning Commission’s Zoning Update Committee. The first hearing, which will cover North Oakland (including Rockridge) and the Oakland Hills, is scheduled for July 14 at 4 p.m. at Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 1 (1st floor). Two items that Rockridge residents may wish to comment on are:

Rockridge Shopping Center (Corner of Broadway and Pleasant Valley)

The RCPC board also heard a presentation from David Zystra of Safeway’s Property Development Centers division, who reported that the newest revised plans for redeveloping the Rockridge Shopping Center involve a slightly bigger expansion (130,000 sq. ft. versus 110,000 sq. ft in the previous proposal). They also include actual internal streets within the shopping center, rooftop parking instead of the subterranean lot previously proposed, and a new threestory structure on the corner of Pleasant Valley and Broadway, where the Chase Bank building is now.

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