There are a couple changes taking place on San Pablo Avenue these days. I saw a leasing sign for retail space at the old Target site next to the Del Norte BART station. Adjoining the new Safeway at the site will be some retail space lining San Pablo Avenue, with a new, small parking area. It's supposed to be available as of January 2011.
One of my big concerns about this project is making sure that the new Safeway/retail is pedestrian friendly and easily accessed by the BART station. Here is the new site plan and leasing information.
We're in desperate need of a good cafe up here on the north side of El Cerrito, so that would be a great addition. What sort of retail would you like to see there?
Speaking of cafes, unfortunately, 33 Revolutions didn't make it. There is an interesting story behind the store/cafe's closing - it wasn't all about the down economy. Apparently some personal issues came into play and the West County Times has the lowdown. I really appreciate them giving it a shot, though, and hope someone else can bring a viable business to that space.