Overall, I thought the new design was well received, which is good – it’s much nicer than the old one. Here’s what they had to offer last June.
And here’s what we saw on Wednesday.
I think that little roof patio is nice, although if it were all up to me, I think it would look better for the intersection if there was more building on the corner, something taller to anchor the intersection. But I imagine the neighbors would probably object to that too much.
I tried to write down some of the nuttiest comments I overheard at the meeting, all these people who apparently love having a giant surface parking lot in the middle of their otherwise lovely neighborhood and are dead set against any change, no matter what. Becks definitely got better ones (“It’s like fighting God”), but to give you an idea of what Safeway’s up against:
It looks like an auto showroom.
It’s like they’re putting in a shopping mall. This reminds me of the shopping mall district in Walnut Creek.
It just makes me want to throw up.
Q: Are there any people at all in the community that believe we need more grocery store? A: No, there aren’t. None.
There was also a woman talking about how she’s lived in Rockridge forever, since way back when it was the highest crime neighborhood in all of Oakland (which, honestly, I find kind of hard to believe). She seemed to be under the impression that an expanded Safeway would return the neighborhood to that. Weird.