I just stumbled across this google group for Albany neighbors to share stuff. This seems like a great way to make this small town feel like one. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/albany-city-share
Just a reminder: the Albany Traffic and Safety committee will be having their monthly meeting Thursday, July 24, 7:00 pm at City Hall. The Creekside project IS likely to be on the agenda. Albany Traffic and Safety: http://www.albanyca.org/index.aspx?page=327
One of the prime issues confronting the residents of North Albany is the Creekside Walk condominium development that is in the final approval stages. This will be 128 condo units in the parking lot of the El Cerrito Plaza shopping center (back by JoAnns). While the development seems to have some attractive features, including restoring a section of the creek, it also is certain to add a lot of traffic to Albany’s residential streets (especially Evelyn, Talbot, and Cornell).
According to the El Cerrito Planning Department
Creekside Walk is a 128-unit condominium development proposed for an existing surface parking area located in the southeast portion of the El Cerrito Plaza shopping center. The 3-plus acre Project site borders the City of Albany to the south.
The proposed 128 unit development would consist of two separate condominium buildings that total approximately 211,596 gross square feet. The Project includes two three-story buildings above single level podium parking garages. The proposed development would range in height from 45 to 59 feet. The North Building would consist of 48 units and South Building would consist of 80 units. The proposal includes 3 studios, 60 1-bedroom, 59 2-bedroom, and 6 3-bedroom units. Vehicles would access the parking garages via a central driveway on the western edge of the two buildings, with access both from the southern and northern side of the South Building, and from the western side of the North Building. (See 2007 Approved Plans.)
As part of the proposed Project, an approximately 60 foot wide by 180 feet long portion of Cerrito Creek, currently culverted, would be daylighted and restored to a natural condition. In addition to daylighting this creek corridor, the applicant would provide a pedestrian path and a bike path that would connect to the Ohlone Greenway to the east. The restored channel would be designed to support a native riparian plant corridor, provide habitat, and stabilize the banks.
The project received CEQA and entitlement approvals in 2006- 2007 and had been on hold due to the recession. In August 2013, the applicant submitted for building permits. Community Development and Public Works Department staff are currently reviewing the project submittal and working with the applicant to ensure that project conditions of approval are met prior to issuance of building permits.
Here are a few upcoming meetings that will be really important for North Albany Neighbors to attend. These should all have opportunities for public comment, so go and make your opinion heard.
Please note that we try to ensure this information is accurate, but it’s probably always a good idea to call or check the City and School websites to confirm the meeting times and agendas.
The North Albany Neighborhood Association has a Google Group for discussion. If you are a resident, please request membership in the group and get involved.
The following information is from the City of Albany staff list, June 11, 2014. The most recent City of Albany information should always be checked at the city website
Send an email to email@example.com
This will be routed to all of the individuals you include in your salutation.
(Dear Mayor, City Council Members, Chief of Police, etc.)
Vice Mayor Joanne Wile
Councilmember Michael Barnes
Councilmember Marge Atkinson
Councilmember Peter Maas
Traffic and Safety Commission
The Public Works Department oversees the Traffic and Safety
Commission.Public Works phone: (510) 524-9543
Aleida Andrino-Chavez, Transportation Planner
Works out of public worksdepartment
She is the staff liason for the Traffic and Safety Commission
Community Development Director
Jeff Bond, Community Development Director
He oversees planning and zoning.
Penelope Leach, City Manager
Albany Police Department
510-525-7300 (for non-emergencies)
Mike McQuiston, Chief of Police
Albany Fire Department
510-528-5770 (for non-emergencies)
Lance Calkins, Albany Fire Chief
This is the home for people talking about improving things around the north side of Albany, California. Eventually, this might expand to provide information for other neighborhoods in town, but for now, we just want to keep traffic from ripping down our quiet, residential streets.