The Omni is an oasis in a concrete jungle. How can we provide some more fresh air and green space outside the building?
Let's start making some plans for how to make good use of some of the rooftop space we have available. Most of the roof is fairly precarious. So let's start by putting in a railing around the safest area (the flat roof of the disco?), and a walkway with railing from the hatch to the safe area.
Let's talk to some people in construction who know about roofs and rooftop gardens. The existing roof surface was never meant to have a lot of traffic, so we may need to put a deck over the existing roofing material. A rooftop garden space would be sooo much nicer than putting some chairs our in the street...
Strip garden along the outside of the building
Talk to the city about exactly where our property line is, and whether we can transform the couple feet along the outside of the building into a little green space ourselves! Given how wide our sidewalk is, and the fact that some of that space is already taken up by trees anyway, I think that would be well received - both by the City *and* our neighbors.
We break up 2-3 feet of the concrete directly in front of the building, plant flowers and edible herbs and berries, and provide a couple benches for Omniers and other passers bye to hang out. This should also provide plenty of space for both smokers *and* non-smokers to catch some fresh air, whereas I think a parklet would inevitable become a smokers-only affair...
If people do insist on having a parklet, I think we need to figure out how we can provide additional parking spaces for the neighborhood to compensate. We should talk with the owners of the parking lot behind the old paint store, that is now used as a Xmas tree lot.
Spaces near the Omni
We should talk to the owners of the triangular strip of land at the end of 51st street that I brought up months ago (see https://www.google.com/maps/place/626+51st+St,+Oakland,+CA+94609). Could potentially house a little garden space, plus a few parking spaces to appease parking congestion concerns by our neighbors.