College Avenue

The Neighborhood Merchant: NATHAN & CO.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The store NATHAN&CO bursts with color, beautiful design, and charming items - for yourself or others - at every turn. It's a perfect place to find something to brighten your home, or a creative birthday or hosting gift.

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."

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 Annual Meeting and April Town Hall

Event Time: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

The April RCPC Town Hall Meeting doubles as RCPC's annual meeting and election of Board of Directors members.  This year, there are five candidates running for six seats on the Board.  At the meeting, each candidate will give a short statement about themself and why they are running, followed by questions from the audience. 

March RCPC Town Hall - BART bikeshare Station and More

Event Time: 
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

The City of Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT), BART, and Motivate will present the results of the public feedback received about alternative locations for the Ford GoBike bikeshare station at the Rockridge BART station on College Ave.  There was an initiial discussion at the January Town Hall meeting and a follow-up walk-through of alternative locations on February 22nd to gather public input.  The City will report on the results of that input and the proposed plans for moving forward with a permanent location for this central bikeshare location in Rockridge.

Rockridge BART walk-through for FORD GoBike alternative bikeshare station sites

Event Time: 
Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Public site visit of area around the Rockridge BART Station with City, BART and Motivate staff to collect feedback on the three viable alternatives identified so far for the FORD GoBike bikeshare station currently located in front of the Oakland Firestorm tile mural.  Open to the public.

If you have ideas for alternative locations for this important bikeshare station, please e-mail them to KOlsen@oaklandnet.com

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