For the past two years, Safeway has been working on remodeling plans for their Ocean Beach / La Playa location, which would result in a new store, below and above ground parking, as well as new residential units on the northern end of the Safeway lot. The store will remain open during the estimated 10 months that the remodel would take to complete.
All along the way, Safeway has been in communication with the surrounding community that lives near the Safeway. Early on neighbors were concerned about the larger footprint of the remodeled store, and its potential for blocking their light and views on the 48th Avenue side.
Today, Safeway emailed out the latest video rendering of the project developed by Lowney Architecture (view it above).
This latest version includes some key changes including a (sea life?) mural on the corner of the building at 48th and Fulton, the shifting of the driveways on La Playa to better align with the Plaza across the street, and what they’re calling “studio residential” housing on 48th Avenue, which would be located above and behind a small retail storefront on the corner of Cabrillo and La Playa.
Safeway currently owns the entire lot spanning from Fulton to Cabrillo, and 48th Avenue to La Playa, but they plan to sell off the north end of it to a residential developer. Residential units would be located at the northeast and northwest ends of the lot.
The project website also has images of some of the planned architectural detail (though they’re so small it’s hard to make them out). From what we can tell, there will be a lot of new trees planted, some mosaic work, the new mural mentioned above, and a nifty pedestrian bridge that connects the at ground parking to the store (additional parking is below).
In today’s email, Safeway Real Estate Manager Natalie Mattei said, “We expect to submit our City application within the next week,” and that it will be posted on the project website afterwards.
After submittal of the new application, the project will undergo the City’s public review process which will includes numerous opportunities for community review and comment.
So what do you think? Are you excited to see this Safeway get a makeover?