||Breaking News: November 13 College Avenue Safeway Project Appeal
TENTATIVE SETTLEMENT OF COLLEGE AVENUE SAFEWAY APPEALS
Please come to tonight’s City Council meeting and show your support
The Rockridge Community Planning Council and Berkeleyans for Pedestrian-Oriented Development (BPOD), the two groups who appealed the Planning Commission's approval of the College Avenue Safeway Project, have reached a tentative settlement with Safeway. A third group, Friends and Neighbors of College Avenue, while not an appellant, has also be highly involved in opposing Safeway's proposal, and has also approved the tentative settlement.
The settlement reduces the size of the entire project by 8,000 sq. ft. It also moves the Safeway store down to ground level, with screened rooftop parking, and opens up a pedestrian plaza east of 63rd St. between College & Claremont. Safeway has agreed to eliminate the project’s parking deficit, as well as to pay for residential permit parking within the surrounding two-block area. There are numerous other benefits included in the settlement. They will be spelled out at tonight’s hearing. The settlement was reached as a result of a mediation effort undertaken by District One Council Member Jane Brunner.
The public hearing on RCPC’s and BPOD’s appeals will be heard by the City Council tonight, November 13th. The hearing will start some time after 6:30 PM. You can sign up on-line to speak at the hearing at this link:
Please come to the hearing and voice your support for this settlement.
Assuming the settlement is finalized, the revised project will be considered for final approval by the City Council on December 18th
Rockridge Legal Defense Fund
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Safeway Appeal, Tues. Nov. 13, 6:30pm: City Council chambers,1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor.
A European-style open-air market
original Rockridge entrance
WELCOME TO THE
ROCKRIDGE COMMUNITY PLANNING COUNCIL
Rockridge Community Planning Council is proud to represent the
Rockridge Community to the City of Oakland in areas of land
use and design review, pedestrian safety and traffic, parks
and open space, community schools and public safety. The
council is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization serving the
Rockridge neighborhood since 1985. Several landmark Rockridge
projects have had their genesis in the RCPC, including the
Rockridge Library and the Rockridge Temescal Greenbelt, aka
FROG Park. The Council is proud to sponsor the biennial
Rockridge Kitchen Tour which is a favorite tour in the East
Bay. For more about the RCPC please click on the headings and
subheadings under WHAT IS RCPC?
Rockridge is a nationally
recognized model of a sustainable neighborhood commercial
district centered around multiple transportation options with
an emphasis on the area’s "walkability". The vibrant
commercial heart of Rockridge is College Avenue. At its center
are the BART Station and popular Market Hall. College Avenue
is graced by the Julia Morgan-designed Presbyterian Church and
the community designed Arts & Crafts Rockridge Library. It
sports professional offices, personal services and a wide
variety of retail shops and acclaimed restaurants. Surrounding
the avenue on tree-lined streets are one and two-family homes,
ranging in styles from Craftsman and Victorian to California
Mediterranean and ultra-modern. The internationally recognized
California College of Arts, a Jesuit seminary, two elementary
schools, two middle schools and one high school serve the
families in this diverse neighborhood of artists,
professionals and working-class residents.
office housed in
1886 Victorian home
One of the
cafes on College Avenue