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.
CCA’s Annual Holiday Art and Craft Fair and Homecoming
When: Saturday, November 20, 11 am–4 pm
Where: CCA’s Oakland campus (5212 Broadway, Oakland)
Join CCA on the Oakland campus for a day of festivities!
Attendees can shop unique, handmade goods made by local artisans, craftspersons, and designers from the CCA community. There will also be food trucks, live music by the Delta Wires featuring CCA alum Ernie Pinata (between 12–1:30 pm), and open studios, including a showcase of CCA student work from Ceramics and Jewelry & Metal Arts programs, a casting demo in the Jewelry & Metal Arts studio, and a monoprint workshop by alum and CCA Professor Emeritus Thomas Wojak in the Printmedia studio.
Please note: All event attendees who are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID–19 will be required to present proof of vaccination upon arrival. All attendees, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks at all times unless actively eating or drinking.
The house to be given away in the 1910 promotion is still there at 4446 Pleasant Valley COURT South. I spoke to the owner in 2016 who informed me when they purchased the house in 1992,they were given news clippings regarding the house’s history.
The entrance pillars which were being constructed in 1910 are still there and pretty much intact except the one on the right is missing its “roof” and is partially covered in ivy.
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.”
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