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Plans Stalled for Former 6 Degrees on Solano – Any Ideas?

A tentative proposal for a specialty market like Berkeley's Epicurious Garden to fill the space formerly occupied by 6 Degrees on Solano (near Carmel) hasn't been heard from for many moons, and no new plans have emerged.

A reader asked us what's going on with the empty space at 1403 Solano Ave. in Albany that was formerly occupied by the 6 Degrees on Solano restaurant.

We asked City Planner Anne Hersch, who said there's been no further word from the architect who presented a tentative plan for discussion only at the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting on May 8 last year.

That plan – presented by architect Y. Min Chung – was to increase the size of the building on that lot to accommodate a market like Berkeley's Epicurious Garden on the ground floor and add five condos on a second floor. The concept was supported by the three members of the planning commission who took part in the discussion, though each had concerns about specific elements. (A copy of the staff report on the proposal is attached to this article.)

Since then, there's been no update on that plan or new proposals for the property brought to the city, Hersch said.

"At this time, I am not aware of any other plans being considered for that space," she said.

The 3,000-square-foot space has been empty since 2010 when 6 Degrees on Solano closed. A Patch article last June asking readers what they'd like to see there received suggestions for several uses, including a bakery, a diner and a nail salon.

We'd like to hear any new ideas on what you'd like to see there. Please tell us in the comments.

Steven Steve January 31, 2013 at 06:01 PM
@ Brian - An astute observation!!! Marijuana dispensary, markets, breweries, nail salons, etc...all have small groups of people who come out and are just vocal enough to stop projects. I look around Albany and I see my city stuck in the amber of political non-leadership. IF we did have the proposed Marijuana dispensary from 2 years ago, the generated revenue for our city coffers could have been more than $2,000,000. Put that in your fiscal pipes and smoke it :)
Dover January 31, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Bless your heart. News flash! Your pothead candidates lost the election. ;-)
Senior A. Titude February 01, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Paul, we clearly have different ideas of what makes a full service bakery. Rulli has Italian pastries of all varieties and nothing over here compares. And since I only use my car twice a month, I don't feel too bad about driving to Marin (I combine it with other activities). If i could Bart and take my bike, I would, but that's another issue. I don't go for the coffee (actually roast my own beans) I go for the calories ;-) Sam's is great but not for when I'm needing pastry fix.
Steven Steve February 01, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Awe thank you. Not surprising your logical processing remains the same. I wonder if opining as to why Albany's business sector is dwindling will continue to yield the same smashing results as your previous years of opining...or the previous years of obtuse politicians (your narrow minded candidates who are now incumbents) will again deliver a list of reasons why things are pretty much the same and continuing to trend downward. Our zeal to hang on to the past, seems to be slowly hanging our cities progress under the guise of maintaining our small town-ness. You have to admit...$2,000,000 in the cities budget would solve a lot of problems. ;-)
Dover February 02, 2013 at 06:15 PM
"Awe" = a highly appropriate albeit inadvertent admission of truth. ;-)

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