Hundreds of people jammed into the spanking new Safeway store on College Avenue on Thursday.
By Gill South When French-style bakery La Farine abruptly closed up shop on Berkeley’s Solano Avenue this summer, there was an outcry from local residents. Its departure also created another empty storefront on a street that has its fair share of them, particularly in its easternmost stretch, near The Alameda. But La Farine owner Jeff Dodge said he misses […]
Update 1/24/14: After three months of no activity, Safeway is reporting that construction resumed on the new Safeway store on Jan. 21. The company finally received a building permit from the city of Oakland after it consulted with the Rockridge Community Planning Council and other community groups, according to the Safeway website. “As you may remember, […]
A North Oakland neighbor shares her personal reflections about plans for an updated Safeway at Broadway and 51st Street.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan joined Safeway officials and neighborhood activists Monday to celebrate the official groundbreaking for a new store at College and Claremont avenues.
The Safeway store at the intersection of College and Claremont avenues on the Berkeley-Oakland border will close on July 8 for 12 months to undergo a major rebuild which has been more than seven years in the planning. Neighborhood appeals against the project — which will create a bigger store with a public plaza, rooftop […]
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. Someone buried in Safeway’s lot on the Oakland-Berkeley border? Unlikely, given California’s burial restrictions — some of the strictest in the nation. The […]
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 […]
In response to pressure from neighbors, Safeway has scrapped years of work and agreed to a smaller, street-level store for its site at the junction of College and Claremont avenues, with enough parking, store reps say, for all of its customers. When the project comes back before the Oakland City Council on Dec. 18, officials […]
This story was updated at 4:35 p.m. A mediation effort between Safeway and three community groups opposing aspects of the grocer’s College Avenue store has resulted in a resolution and new agreement, according to statements released this week. As a result, final action on an appeal before the Oakland City Council set for Tuesday, Nov. 13, has been […]
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.” In the debate about the […]