Oakland: 6039 College - Could Vacant Flatiron Lot in Rockridge Finally Be Developed?

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The former Shell gas station on the corner of College and Claremont was demolished several years ago and the lot has sat empty since, so when a reader asked if there was anything planned for that prominent lot, I was not hopeful. It turns out, however, that there is indeed an application pending for a planned mixed-use development.

Though still in the early planning stages, current plans envision a 3-story mixed-use structure with 8 apartment units and 2 ground floor retail spaces. The unit count is low primarily because the vacant lot is owned by two separate entities and only the parcel closer to the corner will be developed at this point. Some remediation work will be required before the project can be approved because of known contaminants which is not uncommon with former gas station lots.

Still to be determined is whether the building will contain any parking. While the proposal did not include any parking, city staff recommends that the owner include at least 4 parking spaces, half of what current zoning requires.

No architectural renderings are currently available for this project, though it appears that Buttrick Projects, an Emeryville-based architecture firm, is working on this development.
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Justin Horner
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February 18, 2016 at 12:45 PM delete

It would be great to learn who the Planner at the City is who is working on this project. As a Rockridger who is hoping for more intensity on College, it would be interesting to know if there's any chance to go bigger/higher, either with the additional parcel or more height. CN-1's 35 foot height limit is a travesty

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woolie
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February 18, 2016 at 1:09 PM delete

35 height limits are a great opportunity for density bonuses.

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Karen Hester
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February 25, 2016 at 7:38 PM delete

Some of us from ULTRA (Urbanists for a Livable Temescal and Rockridge Area) will be meeting with owners of the parcels to see if we can work on less parking to make it all feasible and pencil out as the parcel is quite a challenging one

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