Claremont Avenue

New bill by Senators Wiener & Skinner would transform Rockridge (and the East Bay

Friday, January 26, 2018

Following up on their success last year in passing SB 35 (see Land Use Committee Update article for January 2018), State Senators Scott Wiener (San Francisco) and Nancy Skinner (Oakland/Berkeley) have introduced a new bill, SB 827, intended to address California's housing crisis.  The bill would create a "transit-rich housing bonus" that would apply to areas near transit stations or "high quality transit corridors" (bus service at least every 15 minutes during peak travel hours).  In those areas, local zoning height limits would be replaced by height limits

Scenic Streets Update: Davita Landscaping, Donations

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Local residents are pleased to see landscaping improvements underway at last at the corner of Claremont Avenue and Clifton Street.

The site of a former supermarket occupied by DaVita Dialysis for the past several years, the corner has been widely regarded as a prominent eyesore near the Rockridge-Temescal Gateway. The renovations were negotiated by local volunteer landscaping group Scenic Streets.

City Approves Redesigned College Ave Safeway Project

Saturday, January 5, 2013

What's in Store for Rockridge at the New Safeway?

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The Rockridge pedestrian has won in several substantial ways with this negotiated project;
the walk street is now wider and in the right place, relative to 63rd Street, and the bulk of the
building is much reduced. These are subtle points that eluded our Planning Commission, but, through the hard work of a few volunteers, we have made a lasting impact that will be a
benefit to the community for years to come.—Jerome Buttrick, Architect and negotiating team member.

Settlement Protects Neighborhood in Important Ways

Saturday, January 5, 2013

It’s done! After a final five-hour session presided over by former District One Councilmember Jane Brunner, Safeway and its former adversaries, Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC), Friends and Neighbors of College Avenue (FANS) and Berkeleyans for Pedestrian Oriented Development (BPOD), signed a final settlement agreement on Safeway’s College Avenue Shopping Center project. The next evening, December 18, the City Council gave its blessings to and unanimously approved the modified project that the settlement agreement had created.

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.

Safeway on College Project Controversy Comes to a Head

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"A 62,000 sq.ft. self-contained shopping center with a 50,000 sq. ft. second-floor Safeway "Lifestyle" store and 12,000 sq. ft. of "small shop" street-level storefronts on College at Claremont." "Safeway's proposal to more than double the size of its store at College and Claremont avenues and convert it into a self-contained shopping center is headed for a showdown at the Planning Commission later this month."

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