11-26-2014 Community Notice                                                                                    

November 27, 2014

Dear Safeway Neighbors and Merchants:

The opening date for the new store and retail shops has been delayed until early 2015. This was an extremely difficult decision not just for Safeway, but for the obvious effect this has on local merchants.  After much consultation, there were too many critical pieces of the construction process that needed to be completed within too short a period of time.    Add to this the uncertainties of getting state and city inspections on short notice, along with possible weather delays, and the risk of not having the store ready was too great.

On the bright side, 2 hour parking has been returned on College during weekends and parking enforcement is helping to ensure turnover.   Please see the detailed attachment to this email regarding parking and lane restrictions for the next several weeks.

Safeway regrets having to push back the opening date and looks forward, as we know you do, to the grand opening.

Please call or email me with your questions or concerns. 

Thank you,

Elisabeth

Elisabeth Jewel

Aroner, Jewel & Ellis Partners

510 914 5211


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11-7-2014 Community Notice                                                                                    

November 7, 2014

Dear College/Claremont Avenue Merchants and Neighbors:

As we approach the final weeks of construction of the new store, we want to provide more information about traffic, parking and noise impacts that may affect your businesses and neighborhood.  We also want to explain the reasons for the schedule delays and what to expect in the weeks ahead.

In large construction projects such as this one, it is not unusual that the local jurisdiction asks the applicant to make significant upgrades in the infrastructure surrounding the construction site.  These upgrades, paid for by the project applicant (Safeway in this case), include new street lights and  traffic signals, new fire hydrants and storm drains, new storm water, waste water and sewer pipes, new landscaping all around the store, and new handicapped ramps across the street from the store.  Much of this work must be done in the street, requiring construction crews and inspectors from PG&E and EBMUD.  These outside agencies did not meet our construction schedules, causing a series of unavoidable delays. In addition, some of these improvements are not requested by the City until the store construction is underway, as they result from discoveries of unforeseen existing conditions.  These new conditions add unanticipated work to our schedule, forcing delays we cannot control.   In the case of rebuilding the handicapped ramps in front of Cole Coffee and Yasai Market, we were able to convince the City of Oakland to delay this work until January.

We are making efforts to reduce impacts to our neighbors, retail and residential.  The College Ave paving is now complete. Remaining work includes striping the street, new ADA ramps on the Safeway side, and landscaping in the sidewalk in front of the store.  There will be some small projects that will require short traffic restrictions.  In general, the major work in the street is coming to an end.

Here is an overview of what to expect in the next several weeks:

* the sidewalk along Claremont will be removed, graded, and new cement will be poured

* a new catch basin drain will be installed at the point (project intersection at College and Claremont)

* crews will move through the College/Claremont intersection pulling new conduit for traffic signals.  Traffic will be obstructed intermittently.  A flagger will direct traffic around the street work.

* there will be short term saw cutting in the sidewalk in front of the plaza to pull conduit for street lights

* there will be some traffic obstruction at Mystic and Auburn to pull conduit for the new signal there

* new trees are being planted in the sidewalk this week, with along planters at the point and on College to follow shortly.

We will be updating you every Monday until the store opens as there will undoubtedly be changes and we will want to give you the most up to date information possible.

We understand the construction has been disruptive for merchants, your customers and our residential neighbors.  Our intent is to give you the information you need to make educated  business decisions based on real information not rumors, so that you can anticipate the impacts our construction will have during these final weeks before we open in mid-December.

Thank you for hanging in there.  We know you want us to finish up as much as we do.  We hope this information is helpful to you and we welcome your comments and questions.  Please don’t hesitate to call me at 510 914 5211 or email me at elisabeth@ajepartners.com

Thank you,

Elisabeth

Elisabeth Jewel

Aroner, Jewel & Ellis Partners

510 914 5211


10-27-2014 Community Notice                                                                                    

Dear Neighbors and Merchants:

As you may have heard, the opening date for the new store has been pushed back from November.  Due to a variety of circumstances, the new opening date will be in mid-December.  On a positive note, street work on College will be finished in two weeks.  That means traffic restrictions will be lifted on College between Claremont and Alcatraz, and parking spaces will be returned.  There may be some very short term lane restrictions to accommodate movement of equipment, but for the most part all street work on College will be done.  Claremont will continue to have some lane restrictions to build out the loading dock and parking deck.

Work will continue in the retail shops and the plaza, along with the build out of the interior of the store.  Construction of the bioswale on the north wall of the store will continue for the next several weeks.  Jack hammering should be done in the next several days.  That will be followed by the application of shotcrete on the north wall of the store which entails pumping and spraying of concrete.

Landscaping around the store will not occur until shortly before the store opens, including planting the replacement trees for Alcatraz neighbors, along with the bioswale plantings.

Please contact me if you have any questions about the above or other construction related topics.  Thank you for continuing patience as we get to the end of this project.

Elisabeth


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9-25-2014 Community Notice                                                                                     

Dear Safeway Neighbors:

The construction of the new Safeway at College and Claremont has reached a fevered pitch. October will be an intense month of completing street improvements such as sidewalks and storm drains, finishing the plaza and entrance, building out the interior of the retail spaces, paving the roof top parking, and finishing the loading dock.  The inside of the store will come together quickly.  The freezer boxes are in place, the employee areas and bathrooms are nearly built out, the cement floor is poured and polished, and the lighting fixtures will be hung soon.  Crews will soon be building out the individual departments including deli, meat, floral, pharmacy and produce.  

There are numerous pedestrian and traffic changes during this time.  On Claremont the sidewalk has been moved to keep pedestrians away from the loading dock construction. Casual carpool may be shifted occasionally in the next 6 weeks on Claremont between Alcatraz and College. There will be a worker posted there from 7-9am on weekday mornings to help keep everyone safe as they wait for rides.  The street work being performed by EBMUD in the middle of College is done.  The City of Oakland is replacing handicapped ramps at 63rd and College so there will be construction work in front of Cole Coffee and Yasai in the next week.  On the other side of the street, Safeway is taking up the old sidewalk and replacing it with new, wider sidewalks.  That side of the street will be closed to pedestrians for the next several weeks.

The grand opening will occur before Thanksgiving.  Look for next month’s update for more details.

Sincerely,

Elisabeth Jewel


9-17-2014 Community Notice                                                                                     

Dear Merchants and Others along College Avenue:

I am Safeway’s community affairs liaison, and I wanted to give you more information on the construction activities and schedule for the work on College.  We know it’s been a tough couple of months for you and your customers.  We are working intently to finish as quickly as possible to get the store open and welcome a re-invigorated shopping district for you and the neighbors. 

Last month I stopped by to talk to many of you about the extensive night time sewer work that the City of Oakland had planned for the whole block between Claremont and Alcatraz.  As you’ve discovered, that work didn’t occur as the City and Safeway were able to confine the Safeway-related sewer work to where the store ties into the city line nearer the intersection of College and Claremont.  EBMUD was scheduled to do other water and sewer line work in the street much sooner, but the Napa earthquake pulled all their crews away for several weeks.  They are now back and should be finishing up in the next week.  There will continue to be trench plates across EBMUD work areas on College during the evenings.

Here is a forecast for what you can expect for the next three weeks on College Ave:

Between Sept 22nd and October 10th , between 9am to 5pm there will be no parking and a lane closure on the Safeway side of College due to construction of new sidewalks and storm drains.  There will also be new handicap ramps constructed at 63rd St outside Yasai Market and Cole Coffee in the next several weeks.  The new ramps are required by the City of Oakland.

Per our Conditions of Approval with the City of Oakland, crews will be working inside the store every Saturday until the store opens in November.  

Please note that on Saturday, September 27th, there will be a crane operating on the site lifting the main entry archways into place on the College side of the store.  We are required to do this on Saturday for safety reasons.  This should be the only time you will see large equipment operating on a Saturday.

Please bear with us as we go into the final stretch.  The next two months will be challenging for all of us.  Please call me with questions or frustrations any time.

Thank you, Elisabeth


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6-18-2014 Community Notice                                                                                     

Dear Safeway Neighbors:

Construction is moving along on schedule, with lots of activity all around the site.  In the next few weeks you’ll see lots of cement trucks come through as the loading dock on Claremont gets underway, and the slab store floor gets poured.  Cement trucks will be pouring the footings for the loading dock building at the top of the site off Claremont at the same time as numerous trucks will be accessing the front of the store from Claremont to pour the interior floor.  There will also be cement pouring of the elevator at this time. 

Crews will also start building out the interior of the store.  The “back of house” areas  including offices and employee rooms will get underway in the next couple of weeks.

Parking restrictions will be in place on some days on College to allow for joint trenching of utilities in the street.  New electrical is going in for streetlights.

Sincerely,

 

Elisabeth


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3-20-2014 Community Notice                                                                                      

March 20, 2014

Dear Safeway Neighbors and Friends:

Construction of the new store is well underway.  As you can see from the pictures, the concrete trucks began arriving yesterday to pour the walls that will form the ramp from College Ave. to the parking deck on top of the store.  Once the ramp is done in a few days, the crew will start pouring the walls on the Claremont side of the site.  After that wall is completed, they will move on to constructing and pouring the footings that will support the store’s height.  The weather has been cooperating nicely this week, allowing the concrete to set.

You may notice that the workers may be there some Saturdays.  Safeway received permission from the City of Oakland to work on several Saturdays, allowing the crews to stay on schedule for a mid-Fall opening.  As always, please contact us with questions or concerns about the project.

Sincerely,

 

Elisabeth


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1-16-2014 Community Notice                                                                                     

Dear Neighbors and Friends of Safeway:

Safeway is excited to report that construction will resume at College and Claremont next Tuesday, January 21st.  Many of you have been inquiring about the lack of activity at the site, and expressing how much you miss your store.  It’s a complicated project for numerous reasons, but the good news is we have received the building permit from the city and we’re ready to get going.

As you may remember, Safeway signed a settlement agreement over a year ago with several Rockridge community groups that required Safeway to confer with them about major design refinements after the City of Oakland approved the project for construction.  Over the past five months, we have had very productive meetings with these community groups regarding design changes that were needed in order to accommodate the store’s structural and operational systems.  We have now reached a point in those discussions where we can resume activity at the site, while continuing to communicate with the community groups as construction progresses.

Thank you for your patience over these last several months.  Once construction gets underway you can check the website at www.safewayoncollege.com for regular updates to see what’s happening with construction. Both the store and the shops building will be a beautiful addition to College Avenue and worth waiting for!  

In the meantime, please patronize the retail shops around College and Claremont and Safeway will work on getting the new store and shops open later this year.  Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

Elisabeth

Elisabeth Jewel

Consultant to Safeway


9-13-2013 Community Notice                                                                                     

 

Dear Safeway Neighbors:

Just a quick update on what’s happening at College and Claremont.  For the last several days you may have seen a steady flow of trucks leaving the site full of dirt.  These trucks are hauling off 11,000 cubic yards of dirt that is being used at another location.  The excavation is necessary to address the significant grade change on the property as it slopes downhill toward College Ave.  The excavation work is expected to be done tomorrow, after which a few dirt movers will remain to do some fine grading work.  Temporary shoring walls have been built on the Claremont side as well as against a residence that fronts College to keep the dirt in place until the store walls go up.

The pictures show the trucks moving through the site, along with the bath their tires get before exiting to keep them from tracking dirt onto city streets.  Demolition and grading are moving along on schedule as we finalize the construction drawings for the new store and accompanying shops.

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I will be providing periodic updates as we move forward.  If you want to watch the construction, please log on to http://oxblue.com/open/Safeway/Oakland where you will get a real time feed from our camera mounted at College and Claremont.

Thanks, Elisabeth

Safeway consultant on community and government affairs


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8-6-2013 Community Notice                                                                                       

Dear Safeway Friends and Neighbors:

It’s finally happening.  Demolition has begun at the corner of College and Claremont.  After many years of discussion, the 1964 store is coming down to make way for a far more attractive and functional modern store along with retail shops and a public plaza at the intersection.  Parking will be on the roof accessed from College Ave., with store entrances on College and off the plaza, which flows between College and Claremont.  You can see detailed drawings of the project at www.safewayoncollege.com.   

Yesterday, Mayor Quan helped us celebrate the beginning of demolition at a groundbreaking ceremony in front of the store.  A few minutes later the excavators went to work and thrilled the crowd with the sounds of wood splintering and glass breaking.  Here is a youtube video of the demolition:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x54yc_AhDqI&feature=youtu.be

Demolition will continue for the next several weeks until the site is scraped and all that’s left is a dirt lot.  Construction will soon follow, and barring a very wet winter, we expect to open the new store late next summer.

Keep checking the website for more current updates.  And feel free to email me any questions or concerns you may have. 

Enjoy the rest of summer, Elisabeth

Elisabeth Jewel


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July 8, 2013

Dear Safeway Neighbors and Others:

We are excited to report that construction of the new store is finally beginning.  It's been a long, grueling process, but the day has finally come that the store will close and demolition will begin.  

Here is what to expect:  

The store will close July 8th.  Construction fencing will go up around the perimeter and there will be no public access as it becomes a construction site.  The store and gas station will be completely demolished.  This will take about 6 weeks and close by neighbors may hear the demolition during the construction hours (weekdays from 7 am to 7 pm.)

Construction is scheduled to begin in early October.  The crews will be working every weekday except on federal holidays.  Construction workers will park outside of the neighborhood at the 51st St Safeway.  The new store should open mid-summer 2014.

The 51st St. store will be open during this time.  You may also want to visit the new Berkeley Safeway which will give you a taste of what you can expect from your new store.  You can also visit www.Safeway.com to have your groceries delivered to your home.  

I will be writing regular updates during the construction to help neighbors and merchants anticipate noise and traffic impacts.  Please let me know if you would like to be removed from this list.  The website (www.safewayoncollege.com) will be your resource for up to date info on our progress.

 Thank you for your support for building a new store.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

 

Elisabeth

 

Elisabeth Jewel

AJE Partners