Safeway - Rockridge Shopping Center

Chase Bank Demolition - latest update

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

We've been informed about updated plans for the remainder of the Chase Bank building at The Ridge (also known as Shops at the Ridge).  TRC plans to restart demolition around December 11-13, and have it completed by the end of February 2018. 

Land Use Update: Shops at the Ride (Safeway), Nautlius

Monday, November 16, 2015

Rockridge Shopping Center Redevelopment (AKA - Shops at The Ridge): Broadway and Pleasant Valley Avenue
Members of the community met with representatives of Terramar Properties on October 13 at the Rockridge Library. As those passing the site have noticed, work is well underway, especially on the new Chase Bank building (two-story structure near the Pleasant Valley entrance) and the new Safeway (further back from that same entrance). Plans are largely unchanged from those approved by the City, but there have been two design changes:

Land Use Update: Safeways, Merrill Gardens Senior Housing Project

Thursday, July 9, 2015

College Avenue Safeway Project - College and Claremont Avenues: The space availability electronic sign for the parking deck remains nonfunctional. RCPC and the other two community groups have now sent Safeway and Terramar formal notice of the violations of the settlement agreement. Hopefully, the issues can be resolved without having to take Safeway to court. There are also traffic problems cropping up at nearby intersections. RCPC will be talking to the City about addressing those. If you see problems, let us know at landuse@rockridge.org.

Land Use Update: Safeways, College Ave Retail

Thursday, June 11, 2015

College Avenue Safeway Project - College and Claremont Avenues: As those who go by the new store will notice, the electronic sign that is supposed to show how many spaces are available in the parking deck is still not working properly. Safeway has been told of the problem, which violates both the settlement agreement with the community groups and the City's conditions of approval for the project. We are still waiting to hear when and how it will be fixed.

Land Use Update: College Ave. Safeway, Merrill Gardens, Rockridge Shopping Center, Temescal Apartments, Redwoods

Monday, March 9, 2015

In February, the Land Use Committee discussed updates on a number of projects proposed or currently moving forward in the neighborhood as well as neighborhood concerns about the proposed removal of six redwood trees at the former Shell station site at the corner of College and Claremont.

Land Use Update: College Ave Safeway, Rockridge Shopping Center/Merrill Gardens, College Ave. Zoning

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Although the College Avenue Safeway has opened, there are a number of items that do not yet comply with either the use permit conditions or the settlement agreement with community groups. The groups are submitting a list of uncompleted items to Safeway and Terramar (the new owner of the retail building), as is the city. The groups plan to meet with Safeway in February to resolve those items not yet completed. Please e-mail information about issues you have with the project to landuse@rockridge.org.

Land Use Update: Merrill Gardens, Rockridge Shopping Center, College Ave Retail Zoning

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Rockridge Shopping Center /Merrill Gardens Senior Housing Project - Broadway and Pleasant Valley/51st Street: Demolition and construction of these two projects have not started, but should begin shortly. Both projects now have Internet websites where you can check on construction status. The site URL addresses are:

Land Use Update: College Ave Safeway, Rockridge Shopping Center/Merrill Gardens, College Ave. Zoning

Saturday, December 13, 2014

College Avenue Safeway Project- College and Claremont Avenues Construction of the Safeway building is nearing completion, but there have been more glitches. In response to merchant concerns about the lack of parking in the pre-Thanksgiving week, Safeway agreed to temporarily reopen on-street parking on the east side of College Avenue. However, as of November 30, Safeway has stated the parking will again disappear between December 1 and December 6.

Land Use Update: Safeway, Merrill Gardens

Saturday, February 8, 2014

College Avenue Safeway Project, College & Claremont: Those who live near the Safeway on College site are already aware that construction has begun on the foundation for the new Safeway building. RCPC and the other three community groups that negotiated building and construction plans with the company will meet monthly with Safeway to discuss construction progress and any issues involving construction activities.

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.

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