Austin Root House Updates

Austin Root House Completed

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All exterior work on the Austin Root private development project has been completed.  The upper (residential) area interior work is done.  However, the lower (commercial) section will not be completed until any needed tenant improvements have been completed.

Fencing to Come Down at Root House Project

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As the Austin Root House project enters into the homestretch, pedestrians will see a big change this week. The fencing that has blocked a part of the sidewalk in front of the project for the last several months will be coming down. Crews over the past two weeks have been working on sidewalks and landscaping in front of the project and now that it has been completed, they will be taking down the fence and reopening the sidewalk.  The fencing is expected to be down by October 28, 2016.

Insulation and Sheetrock Installation at Austin Root House

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While work is still waiting to begin on Building A of the Austin Root House project, crews are doing some interior and exterior work on Building B. With plumbing and electrical largely complete, crews are putting in insulation and beginning the sheetrock installation.

Building A Work Delayed for PG&E Inspection

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Interior work on Building B at the Austin Root private development is continuing, with crews beginning to drywall the structure. Most of the plumbing and electrical work has been completed.

Utility relocation work that needed to be completed before Building A could begin has finished, however the work can't begin until PG&E has come out for a site inspection. No word has been given as to when that inspection will take place.

Utility Reroutes Continue and Work on Building A May Start Soon

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Much of the street-side work on rerouting the utility line for the Austin Root House project should be complete and motorists should see no additional lane closures or issues in the coming days. Some minor paving work may occur in the area where the line was rerouted, which could result in minor intermittent delays. 

On site, exterior siding work on Building B is wrapping up and crews are prepping for the beginning of work on Building A. 

EBMUD Work Occurring This Week at Austin Root House

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Motorists on Railroad Avenue will see traffic control this week near the intersection of Railroad Avenue and West Linda Mesa Avenue. East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is in the process of rerouting a utility line for the Austin Root Redevelopment Project.  As a result, the right lane southbound on Railroad Avenue is closed, with traffic shifted over to the center. 

The east sidewalk on Railroad Avenue near the intersection remains closed to pedestrians. Pedestrians can access the businesses on the east side of the street by using the crosswalk near Love Lane. 

Sidewalk Closed on Railroad Avenue

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Pedestrians will need to exercise caution on Railroad Avenue near the Austin Root House redevelopment project, as the sidewalk on Railroad Avenue in front of the project will remain closed for the time being.


The safest way to access the businesses on that area of the street is to cross near Love Lane and walk back south. Motorists are advised to keep an eye out for pedestrians in that area and exercise caution.

PG&E Work Still Pending on Austin Root House Project

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Work on Building B of the Austin Root House private redevelopment project is moving along, with siding going up on the exteriors. Interior work is underway, with conduit being run for electrical lines and plumbing going in.

Building A remains on hold as PG&E has not relocated a nearby utility line as of yet. Once the line is relocated, work will being in earnest on Building A.

 

Utility Work Set for Austin Root House

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Pacific Gas & Electric are scheduled to be on-site this week, to move a gas line near Building A. Exterior siding work on Building B is primarily finished as well as interior framing.

Exterior Work On Building B of Austin Root House Nears Completion

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Work is moving ahead on Building B of the Austin Root House project. Much of the exterior work has been done, once framing was completed.

On Building A, permits have been issued, however work will not begin on that structure until utility companies have rerouted lines on the property. Construction on Building A could being with the next few weeks.

Work to Begin Soon on Building A at Root House Project

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Building permits have been issued for Building A on the Austin Root House Private Redevelopment. With the permit issued, crews will begin undergrounding of utilities near the building, before construction gets underway. On Building B, framing continues.

Work on Building A of Austin Root House Set to Begin Soon

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Framing continues on Building B of the Austin Root House project, but work is expected to begin on Building A in the next few weeks. No date for the Building A work has been set at this time.

Framing Continues on Austin Root House

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Framing is taking shape on the rear of Building B of the Austin Root House project. Crews have gotten the basic framework in place and are continuing to build on that, preparatory to putting up sheetrock on the interior.

Framing Has Begun on Rear of Building B of the Austin Root House Project

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Now that Building B (the eastern structure on the site) has been safely relocated to its new foundation, workers have begun the process of framing on the rear of the structure. No work is scheduled for Building A (the western structure on the site).

Prep Work Continues for Foundation Pour at Austin Root House

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Foundation work continues this week on Building B at the Austin Root House project. No date for the foundation pour has been set yet. No work has begun yet on Building A of the project.

Prep Work Under Way for Foundation Pour at Austin Root House

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Crews are prepping the ground at the Austin Root House property for the creation and pouring of a new foundation for Building B. The structure is currently suspended and awaiting relocation on the property.

Work Getting Started on Root House Project

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Building permits have been issued for the original building in the Austin Root House project. This structure (known as Building B) has been lifted off of its foundations and suspended. In the coming weeks, crews will form and pour new foundations and the building will be seated in a new location.

Root House Project Placed on Temporary Hold

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At the request of the developer, this project has been placed on a temporary hold. Once a defined start date has been determined, this page will be updated with the information.

Austin Root House property owner submits building plans for Town review

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The building permit review process includes follow-up detailed historic design review and approvals.