A behind the scenes look at John Ramos interviewing Casey Farmer for the KPIX5 TV 10/15/2022 feature “Oakland neighborhood groups rally for affordable housing”

John Ramos interviewing Casey Farmer about the proposed uses for the vacant lot at 5100 Broadway in Oakland, California for the KPIX5 feature” Oakland neighborhood groups rally for affordable housing” which was aired on October 15,2022 on the 6PM newscast.

Soil samples taken at the Shops at the Ridge Phase 2 vacant lot in February 2022.

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.

On February 16,2022 a crew from Gregg Co took samples of the soil below the parking lot.
On February 23,2022 a crew from Moore Twining Co took samples of the soil beneath the parking lot.

Petition to improve the appearance of the vacant lot at Pleasant Valley Ave & Broadway


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.