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

Rockridge Shopping Center [AKA "Shops at the Ridge"] - Broadway (East Side) North of Pleasant Valley: Now that the CVS store is history, the next step will be to start construction on phase I of the new buildings, which will include the new Safeway; a new Chase Bank; a restaurant next to the quarry pond; and a retail building.

Construction could begin as early as mid-July. RCPC and PANIL (the Piedmont Avenue Neighborhood Improvement League) hope to meet soon with Terramar, the shopping center's new owner, to talk about protecting nearby neighbors during construction.

Merrill Gardens Mixed-use Senior Housing Project - Broadway North of 51st Street: Construction is moving forward on this project. The new building should soon begin taking shape. You may have seen the very tall crane getting moved onto the site. Expect some traffic disruption with lane closures on the westbound lanes of 51st Street past the site. You can check on the latest updates at: Again, if you see problems, e-mail us at