Contributions to RCPC’s drive to match a grant for the cost of the Safeway on College EIR (Environmental Impact Review) have begun coming in. The pending draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on Safeway’s proposed 62,000 sq. ft. College Avenue shopping center project will look at the ways the City believes the proposal, almost tripling the size of the current 22,500 sq. ft. store, will affect the surrounding community. Traffic, bicycle and pedestrian safety, air and water quality, noise, aesthetics, are all being studied. Following a comment and response period, a final EIR will be issued, which the Planning Commission, and potentially the City Council, will use in deciding whether to approve Safeway’s project.
An EIR is a technical document, usually requiring special expertise to determine whether its analysis is accurate. RCPC received a $10,000 matching grant from the Rose Foundation (Rockridge News, January 2010) to pay the needed experts. RCPC can only use this money if it is matched by community donations. Your donations will help fund the experts who will assure that the project’s impacts on Rockridge are fully and fairly disclosed, discussed, and, where possible, mitigated.
Matching the grant will require additional donations. Make your contribution by credit card or by PayPal using the button below.
Donations can also be made by mail, using the coupon below. Checks should be made out to "RCPC/Safeway EIR" and mailed to 4123 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611.