If you happen to park in a particular spot in the parking lot of the College Avenue Safeway, near the Claremont Avenue exit, you might stumble on what seems to be a grave marker.
A new Safeway and retail development for College and Claremont avenues has gotten the nod from Oakland and a hard-won community consensus after seven long years. We reveal what it will look like.
Update, 5:23 p.m.: Via Stuart Flashman, “After another five hours of negotiating today (following up on two hours over the weekend) the agreement has been finalized. The RCPC Board (which has been primed for a vote since Friday) promptly approved the agreement by electronic vote. The other two groups (FANS and BPOD) will be voting tonight, but the community negotiators are unanimously recommending approval.”
This story was updated at 4:35 p.m.
In July, the Berkeley City Council took up the EIR agreement for the proposed Safeway store on College Avenue in Oakland’s Rockridge district right on the Berkeley border. Buoyed by the protests of the attendees, Mayor Bates summarized the objections of the council, “it’s just too big for the location.”
Today sees the re-opening, after nearly one year of construction work, of the Safeway on Shattuck Avenue, right in the heart of Berkeley’s Gourmet Ghetto.
On Wednesday, the Oakland Planning Commission unanimously certified the final EIR and approved Safeway’s proposed plans for its College Avenue store which sits on the Oakland-Berkeley border.
A ten-year-old girl who lives on Lewiston Avenue was among more than 20 people who stood up to voice their opposition to Safeway’s plans to expand its Claremont-College Avenue store at Tuesday night’s Berkeley City Council meeting. “It will ruin my neighborhood and community and cause traffic chaos,” she said. “It’s already wiped out cute stores like Chimes Pharmacy.”
There’s something almost post-apocalyptic about these photographs of Safeway on Shattuck Avenue taken just before it closed its doors on Saturday in order to undergo an expansion and complete renovation.
CRAFTING A LOOK Michelle Nelson has now opened her eponymous home design studio at 2842 Prince Street. The space was formerly Personal Pizzazz clothing store which, as reported in August, moved into the space formerly occupied by The Craftsman Home, around the corner at 3048 Claremont Avenue. Nelson, who began her career in the garment industry with a focus on textiles, worked under leading arts and crafts dealer Isak Lindenauer, and then out of The Craftsman Home, before setting up on her own. She offers full design consultation with a speciality in Craftsman homes.