'Fevered Pitch' for Safeway on College Construction

Friday, October 3, 2014

The construction of the new Safeway at College and Claremont has reached a fevered pitch.

October will be an intense month of completing street improvements such as sidewalks and storm drains; finishing the plaza and entrance; building out the interior of the retail spaces; paving the rooftop parking; and finishing the loading dock. The inside of the store will come together quickly: The freezer boxes are in place; the employee areas and bathrooms are nearly built out; the cement floor is poured and polished; and the lighting fixtures will be hung soon.

Crews will soon be building out the individual departments including deli, meat, floral, pharmacy and produce.

Pedestrian and Traffic Changes
There are numerous pedestrian and traffic changes during this time. On Claremont, the sidewalk has been moved to keep pedestrians away from the loading dock construction. Casual carpool may be shifted occasionally in the next six weeks on Claremont between Alcatraz and College. There will be a worker posted there from 7-9 a.m. on weekday mornings to help keep everyone safe as they wait for rides.

Street Work
The street work being performed by EBMUD in the middle of College is done. The city of Oakland is replacing handicapped ramps at 63rd and College, so there will be construction work in front of Cole Coffee and Yasai in the next week.

On the other side of the street, Safeway is taking up the old sidewalk and replacing it with new, wider sidewalks. That side of the street will be closed to pedestrians for the next several weeks.

The grand opening will occur before Thanksgiving. Look to next month's update for more details.