Just a quick notice for two upcoming community meetings that area residents might want to attend.
Those living in the Broadway/Pill Hill/HarriOak area may want to catch tonight’s community meeting on the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center expansion. Just like Kaiser, Alta Bates is going to be rebuilding to meet the State’s new seismic safety standards, and the new facility will be bigger – an 11 story tower and a 7 story parking garage will be part of the rebuild. Environmental Impact studies have begun, and at tonight’s meeting, you will get a chance to see and comment on the proposed design. The meeting takes place from 6:30 – 7:30 at the Summit Campus. Providence Pavilion (Building 4) Family Resource Center Conference Room, 1st Floor, 3100 Summit Street (near Hawthorne Avenue). Hopefully this map will help you make some sense of all that.
I know it’s super short notice, so if you can’t make it tonight, don’t worry. You’ll have another chance next Wednesday, April 22nd, when the new hospital will be at the Planning Commission’s Design Review Committee (PDF). That meeting will begin at 5:30 PM at City Hall.
Oh, and looking a little further ahead, the following Wednesday, April 29th, will be another College Avenue Safeway meeting. Becks has been covering the Safeway saga pretty thoroughly, so click through some of those links if you want more detail, but the short version is that the neighbors hated the old design so Safeway scrapped it, got anew architect (one who lives in the neighborhood), and will be unveiling their new design proposal at the meeting on the 29th. The meeting will take place from 7 to 9 PM and is annoyingly located at the Claremont Hotel. Mark your calendars!
Oh, and if you don’t live near Pill Hill but desperately want to go to a meeting tonight, you might want to consider heading over to Dimond Library (3565 Fruitvale Avenue) for the MGO Democratic Club meeting, 7:30-9:00. Loni Hancock will be on hand to discuss the Propositions on the special election ballot May 19.