4-15-2014 Store Wall Progress                                                                                     


4-15-2014 New Wall Progress                                                                                      


4-15-2014 New Wall Progress                                                                                     


4-15-2014 New Wall Progress                                                                                     


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


3-20-2014 New Wall Progress                                                                                      


3-20-2014 New Wall Progress                                                                                      


3-20-2014 New Wall Progress                                                                                      


3-20-2014 New Wall Progress                                                                                      


3-20-2014 New Wall Progress                                                                                      


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


9-13-2013 Grading Progress                                                                                        


9-13-2013 Grading Progess                                                                                         


8-13-2013 Demolition Progress                                                                                   


8-13-2013 Demolition Progress                                                                                   


8-13-2013 Demolition Progress                                                                                    


8-13-2013 Demolition Progress                                                                                   


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


8-5-2013 Groundbreaking Ceremony News                                                                   


7-31-2013 Demolition Progress                                                                                   


7-31-2013 Demolition Progress                                                                                    


7-31-2013 Demolition Progress                                                                                   


7-31-2013 Demolition Progress                                                                                   


7-31-2013 Demolition Progress                                                                                   


7-31-2013 Demolition Progress                                                                                   


7-31-2013 Demolition Progress                                                                                   


7-31-2013 Demolition Progress                                                                                   


7-11-2013 Store Progress                                                                                           


7-11-2013 Store Progress                                                                                           


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