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Solano Avenue: The pressure is on for North Berkeley shopping district to up its game

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 […]

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Construction halted at Safeway on College and Claremont

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, […]

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Breaking: Neighbors, Safeway agree on College Ave. store

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 […]