Plan Oakland this spring

April 8, 2009

There are lots of chances to do it this month!

2009-2014 Oakland Housing Element Update
Like the rest of the Bay Area cities and counties, Oakland is updating its housing element to reflect new site constraints and options, changing conditions, and the new regional housing needs allocation (RHNA) numbers assigned by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) last spring. Hopefully, the city will also take the opportunity to develop some creative strategies to tackle the foreclosure crisis.

When: Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 6-8 pm

City Hall, Hearing Room 3
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza (at 16th between Broadway and Clay)

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
From our neighborhood list: Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has announced expansion and hospital replacement plans. The medical center met with community members in February and March. The Environmental Impact Study is underway. Please come to the next community meeting to learn more about the facilities project design. For more information, please email ABSMC at absmcpublicaffairs AT sutterhealth DOT org.

When: Thursday, April 16, 2009, 6:30-7:30 pm

Summit Campus, Providence Pavilion (Building 4)
Family Resource Center Conference Room, 1st Floor
3100 Summit Street (near Hawthorne Ave), Oakland

Changes proposed at the ABSMC include a new 11-story patient care hospital tower, a 7-story parking garage and proposed absorption of Summit Street into the medical center as “green space.” The fate of the 59 bus line, which serves medical offices on Summit Street, is unclear. Coordination with Kaiser’s construction impacts and mitigations will also be important.

The location of these facilities would be along Hawthorne Avenue between Webster Street and Elm Street. The hospital tower is proposed at the site of the current Samuel Merritt University classrooms and dormitory, which would be demolished. The parking garage would be located on a site that currently contains two small medical-related buildings and surface parking.

Central Estuary Plan
The second meeting is coming up for the Central Estuary Plan, which is designed to build a vision and provide a framework to support development and enhancement of the Estuary from Adeline Street to 66th Avenue. The project examines land use along the Estuary and the associated environmental, economic, quality of life and health-related impacts. This month you’ll have a chance to discuss the vision and the healthy development of the area, according to the website. I didn’t go to the first meeting, but luckily the folks over at Oakland Streets did, so you can read up on it there. (The CEDA website also includes meeting presentations and other materials.

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 7-9 pm

The Unity Council, Fruitvale-San Antonio Senior Center
3301 East 12th Street, Suite 201 (Fruitvale Transit Village)

Project Area

Project Area

Harrison Street/Oakland Avenue Community-Based Transportation Plan
This is the second meeting for this project, too. (Future Oakland has a post about the first meeting.) The Caltrans-funded plan looks at Harrison Street and Oakland Avenue from the Piedmont border to Grand Avenue.  DC&E consultants and city staff will be presenting alternatives for the corridor to address access and safety for pedestrians, bicycle facility improvements, traffic calming, I-580 signage and modified access, and AC Transit stop improvements.

When: Thursday, April 23, 2009, 6 – 8 pm

Westlake Middle School Gym
2629 Harrison Street (at 27th)

Budget Town Halls
Last but not least, the City is hosting a series of budget town halls to gather community feedback on how and where to make cuts to close the projected $83 million budget gap. (Yes, that would be a new one, not the one Council closed last year….) Cities across the state are holding similar meetings; the general goal is to get input and buy-in on where to make the cuts that are most definitely coming. Whether the feedback will be heeded is another question altogether, but if no one shows up we certainly won’t find out! (All residents are welcome at all meetings; I’ve just listed them by district for geographic purposes, and because in several cases the relevant Council reps will be there.)

Districts 6 & 7:

When: Tuesday, April 14, 2009, 6 :30- 8 pm
East Oakland Multipurpose Senior Center
9255 Edes Avenue (at Jones)

Districts 4 & 5

When: Monday, April 20, 2009, 6 :30- 8 pm
Edna Brewer Middle School (tentative location)
3745 13th Avenue (at Park)

Districts 1, 2, & 3

When: Monday, April 27, 2009, 6 :30- 8 pm
Lakeside Garden Center
666 Bellevue Avenue (off of Grand)

OUSD Budget Town Halls
Last but not least (really this time!), there are a series of meetings on OUSD’s budget coming up, too. Oakbook has already covered that front, so I won’t duplicate the schedule here.

One comment

  1. This is awesome and will make my weekly calendars so much easier to put together!

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