The pre-application docs are available here:
In the “Planning Number” box below “General Search” enter ZW2200516 and press Enter. Then click on the “Record Info” tab that’s located below “Record Status: Pending,” slide down and click on “Attachments.”
The docs of primary interest in that list of Attachments are the Pre-App Set and the Project Description. Just click on their names to download and view them.
For your convenience, below is a pdf of the Home Depot Pre-Application Project Description
Hi Rockridge Manor Neighbors,
Stuart of RCPC (Rockridge Community Planning Council) talked to TRC (the management company for the shopping center) and learned that the state (or maybe the county) is concerned about carcinogenic substances left by the dry cleaners that used to be there. The drilling is to determine the location of the material that will need to be removed. It is not directly related to any construction that might take place.
He said TRC claims they are very interested in housing, but the price demanded by the owner to build housing is prohibitive. TRC encouraged a zoning change for mixed use that would allow housing and commercial uses. He raised the blight issue and TRC said they would improve the lot. Stuart will arrange for a meeting with RCPC representatives, possibly the whole board, with TRC to encourage housing. He also noted that the site had been suggested as a good place for housing and would probably be so identified in the update to the Housing Element that is underway. TRC also needs to seriously improve the lot, particularly if they really don’t build anything.
There are two efforts: to encourage housing and to get rid of the blight and UBA is pursuing both.
This is the 2nd petition (last one was in 2020). Because not much was done to improve the appearance of this vacant lot, this petition is being distributed to keep up the pressure on the shopping center’s management company and the city of Oakland.
SITELAB and Mithun have been hired by Emerald Fund and Equity Community Builders, the developers of the now-closed Oakland campus of the California College of the Arts.
SITELAB’s description of their work: “SITELAB urban studio is a San Francisco-based design firm focused on using research and visualization to create great places, through big plans and small interventions.”
Mithun’s description of their work: “We believe in design’s vital capacity to connect people to place and each other, through intentional and memorable experiences. OUR WORK. We aim to advance design knowledge and its application through dedicated research and development efforts.”