Land Use Update: Redfield Cider Bar and Bottle Shop, 4-Story Mixed-Use Building on College Ave

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Redfield Cider Bar and Bottle Shop (5815/5817 College Avenue) Mike Reis, one of the principals of the enterprise, presented the plans for this proposed bar/bottle shop, which would be located at the former site of See Jane Run. The use would require a minor use permit from the City and a Type 42 license (beer, wine & cider on-site/off-site consumption) from the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. No application has yet been submitted to the City.

The proposal would combine a bar/tasting room focused on premium quality ciders (alcoholic), but also serving beers and wines, along with light food to accompany it (e.g., cheeses, olives, salted nuts). There would also be some nonalcoholic beverages available. There are no plans to sell distilled spirits. The store would also sell bottled ciders, beers, and wines. Hours are projected to be noon – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and noon to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. (Last call would be half an hour before closing time.) They do not plan to have any live music and expect any recorded music would be low-key.

Comments received by the committee included some favoring and some opposing the application. Those favoring felt it would be a welcome addition to College Avenue and would diversify the offerings available. Those opposing either felt that there were already too many venues serving alcohol on the street and the site should be reserved for a purely retail use, or expressed concerns about potential parking, trash, and noise problems.

After discussion, the committee voted to recommend that RCPC not oppose the proposal. The Board will consider the proposal at its November 29 meeting.

Proposal for 4-Story Mixed-Use Building (File Pln17269) 5353 College Avenue (Location of Better Homes Realty)

This proposal was reviewed informally by the committee several months earlier; however, the committee lacked a quorum at that meeting so no recommendation has been made to the Board. The project would construct a 3-story building with commercial space and parking on the street floor and nine market-rate apartments above. The one-story craftsman bungalow now occupying the site would be raised up and serve as an owner-occupied penthouse residence, for a total height of 50 feet. A minor variance would be required to exceed the 35-foot height limit under CN-1 zoning. The application has now been formally filed with the City, and is assigned to planner Moe Hackett, 510/238-3973, mhackett@

Comments on the project may be submitted by phone, e-mail or U.S. Mail. For the latter, address correspondence to: Bureau of Planning-Zoning, 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland 94612. Comments must be received by November 13, 2017.