by Gehry Oatey
I founded Courtney’s Corners in 2019 as a mechanism to improve public health, encourage and promote small business, and provide ecological, sustainable urban design solutions. We are working on a proposed “REFUEL Food Court” that will repair and reuse the long vacant gas station site on the corner of Lakeshore and MacArthur.
In a time where we are moving away from fossil fuels, the need to mitigate climate change by design is imperative. REFUEL will create a family-friendly, health-conscious space while allowing the Oakland Community to repair human damage that has been done over a period of many years. Oakland REFUEL will highlight emerging food vendors from a diverse range of food genres and provide a menu of mixed-use space. Opening Summer 2021!
An indoor/outdoor shipping container food court that will include:
1) A shared coffee/food box with openings on both sides.
2) A pop-up cafe/smoothie box TBD
3) Macrobiotic eats/sushi/beer vendor TBD.
4) Trash enclosure/Rest rooms.
5) Kids’ play area
6) A 20’ Art box.
7) Music stage/Communal area.
8) Covered open-air seating area for shared dining
9) Storage box for fitness/yoga, etc.
10) Two retail boxes
Manufacturer: Urban Bloc
Site Design: Bay Tree Design Group
Editor’s Note: Gehry is a long-time Oakland resident with a mission of connecting with others through food, nature, and art. He has worked as an Oakland public school teacher, as a media producer, and as a data engineer. Recently he began transforming commercial shipping containers into cafes at Urban Bloc in San Leandro. Gehry has a Masters degree in Public Health from San Francisco State University. When not spending time with his wonderful partner and kids, he gardens, dances, teaches yoga, and works on being an emotionally intelligent human being.
If you’d like to learn more about this project and have an opportunity to ask questions, Gehry will be making a presentation during a Zoom broadcast of the May 12 Cleveland Heights Neighborhood Council. Log-in details are not yet available, but will be sent to those who have attended a meeting and signed in. Otherwise, email firstname.lastname@example.org for the information.’ A presentation is also planned for the May 20 Grand Lake Neighbors meeting. Log-in details are not yet available but will be announced on NextDoor, the GLN Facebook page and Yahoo Group, as well as the Splash Pad Facebook page.