College Avenue

'...It Takes (Losing) a Train to Cry'

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rockridge businessman and early Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC) chair Ray Perman submitted this nostalgic look back at streetcars and commuter rail lines once prevalent in the Bay Area well in advance of Oakland Planning Director Rachel Flynn"s lament for the long-gone streetcar (article, page 1) in her remarks at the June Town Hall meeting. Perman describes his research into local rail transit and a trip to the Western Railway Museum in Suisun City where many of the old trains are preserved. - Editor

What’s Happening With College Avenue As a Retail Hub?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Shops on College Avenue are bound to come and go, but in the last few months Rockridge residents have been wondering if more are going than coming and what this may portend.

Land Use Update: Cafe, Permit "Sunset", Personal Services

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cafe Proposal for 5269 Broadway (minor conditional use permit required)
The committee discussed a proposal for a cafe to be located at 5269 Broadway. It would be open during the day and cater to students at the California College of Art. Although an applicant representative did not attend the meeting, committee members present felt they had sufficient information about the proposal to make an informed recommendation to the board of directors. The recommendation is that RCPC not oppose the application.

Is Our Neighborhood Character at Risk?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

When RCPC worked for the downzoning of Rockridge in the early 1970s, one of the goals of the organization was a vibrant commercial district along College Avenue.

Members of the group wanted ground floor retail space to be retail only, with office and other non-retail uses located on the floors above the retail spaces. They planned a pedestrian-friendly retail environment.

College Avenue today largely reflects that goal, and is a Bay Area success story attracting customers from throughout the region.

Land Use Update: Safeway, Merrill Gardens, Rockridge Apartments

Saturday, January 11, 2014

College Avenue Safeway Project, College and Claremont Avenues: Negotiations between Safeway and the three community groups - Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC), Friends and Neighbors of College Avenue (FANS), and Berkeleyans for Pedestrian Oriented Development (BPOD) - have continued over Safeway's College Avenue Shopping Center after Safeway made major changes to the project as approved by the city in 2012 and then submitted a building permit application to the city based on the revised drawings in violation of its settlement agreement with the three groups.

RDA Corrects Avenue Tree Well Trip Hazard

Thursday, January 9, 2014

After working four years with the city of Oakland, the Rockridge District Association (RDA) gained permission to bring College Avenue tree wells to grade.

These wells have been a safety issue for years, largely due to the tree well enlargement program on College and in other areas of Oakland. The contractor performing the work failed to backfill the wells to sidewalk height, creating sharp drop-offs at the well edge, leading to many turned ankles and broken bones. The problem also exists on Piedmont Avenue.

Security Ambassadors for College Avenue

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Rockridge District Association (RDA) wants our neighbors to know that we have started our security ambassadors program a little earlier this year.

The RDA has contracted with VMA Security Group, an Oakland company, to provide unarmed security ambassadors who will help make your time on the Avenue even more enjoyable during the holidays. They will not only help keep us safe but will provide assistance with directions and other information for shoppers.

Land Use Update: Safeway, Restaurants, Off-Street Parking

Friday, November 8, 2013

College Avenue Safeway Project (College & Claremont Avenues)
As previously reported, Safeway violated its settlement agreement with the three local community groups (including RCPC) by submitting a building permit application to the city without first meeting with the groups to discuss changes to its plans that differ from what the City Council approved last December. Those changes were considerable, and not for the better.

AC Transit Proposes Changes to 51 Line; Kills 21 Parking Spaces

Friday, November 8, 2013

AC Transit received a $10 million grant to design and implement infrastructure modifications along the entire Line 51 route to increase reliability and on-time bus performance, and improve safety for pedestrians and AC Transit riders.

Caldecott Settlement Project Costs Coming in Over Budget

Sunday, October 6, 2013

City of Oakland staff and their consultants are well along designing many of the highest ranking projects on the Caldecott Settlement project list.

Unfortunately, as the detailed design of construction plans has unfolded, corresponding cost estimates have grown from the initial costs used to develop the list, in some cases significantly.

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