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San Frangelino Aug 13, 2007 11:53 PM

THE BAY AREA | Projects from San Francisco's Surrounding 8 Counties
I thought it would be worthwhile to start a thread devoted to the projects happening around the San Francisco Bay Area. Rather than figure a run down, I thought I would share one of the significant developments proposed in Oakland and add on as the days go by. Please contribute any information you have regarding this region. Thank you.

Mandela/ Grand Mixed-Use Project:


Project Description:

The project proposes the redevelopment of an underutilized industrial site for a new mixed use industrial village project on approximately 13.3 acres of land in West Oakland. The proposed project would contain approximately 300,702 square feet of predominantly custom industrial and light industrial uses and limited commercial and retail uses on the first two levels of the proposed buildings. High-density residential uses (1,577 units) are proposed above the ground floor industrial and commercial uses. There will be eight buildings containing residential units, include three 300-foot residential towers. The project would provide approximately 2,322 parking spaces in underground parking garages, above ground parking structures, and on surface lots.

Most of the existing structures on the site will be demolished (the American Steel Building and portions of the Pacific Pipe Building Complex) and eight new buildings will be constructed. The project would adaptively reuse the 47,000 square-foot original timber-frame structure of the Pacific Pipe Building.

The project would be developed in four phases over approximately 15 years: 2007 to 2022.

Planning permits required include an amendment to the General Plan Land Use and Transportation Element, both text and land use map; an amendment to the West Oakland Redevelopment Plan; a new zoning district and amendment to the zoning map; a preliminary development plan and final development plan; design review guidelines and approval; and a vesting tentative subdivision map and final map.

Article from

San Frangelino Aug 13, 2007 11:56 PM

Although, not an Urban infill project, I thought this would be a worhty mention since it would be Gehry's first Bay Area Project.

From the New York Times:

San Frangelino Aug 14, 2007 12:22 AM

San Jose Downtown Boom
I made this map awhile back ago to place the projects and proposals in San Jose. It's based on one that was done for Sacramento.

and here are most of the links to the projects:

1. Central Place- Under Construction

2. City Heights- Nearly Complete

3. Axis- Under Construction

4. 360 Tower- Under Construction

5. City Front Square- Proposed/Approved

6. Park View Towers- Proposed/ Approved

7. 99. W Santa Clara- Proposed/ Approved

8. 200 Park Avenue- Proposed/ Approved

9. 1 S Market Street- Proposed/ Approved

10. Market Gateway Tower- Proposed/ Approved

11. First United Methodist Tower- Proposed/ Approved

12. 8 E San Fernando St.- ?

13. Almaden Towers- ?

WonderlandPark Aug 14, 2007 1:05 AM

San Jose :omg:. The height limit sucks, but it looks like you are getting lots of action.

San Frangelino Aug 14, 2007 1:50 AM

I know of 3 other high rise projects in San Jose that are unaccounted for on the map. The North San Pedro Project which will have 2, 15 story and 1, 12 story structure. That will be located just north of the City Heights project and is working its way throught the approval stages. There is also a proposal called Carlyse Tower, which will have 20 stories and 347 units. It's located NE corner of Carlyse street and Nortre Dame near the Axis Tower.

It should be noted that the 360 tower is under construction. The Park View Tower is getting closer to starting construction and City Front Square is getting closer to approval with one story shaved off the top.

peanut gallery Aug 14, 2007 6:11 PM

There's a lot going on in SJ. I assume the colors designate status. Are the green ones under construction and blue proposed? What are the red ones?

San Frangelino Aug 14, 2007 7:23 PM

Sorry, guess I should have made note of that. Blue =under construction, Red= Proposed approved/ proposed (sorry i didnt seperate the two, but i wasnt sure, and Green= unknown status.

I did this map in March so it may be a bit dated. I do know for certain that the following projects are still active though.

Under Construction:
1. Central Place
2. City Heights
3. Axis
4. 360 Tower

Construction to Commence in Fall:
6. Park View Towers

Up For Approval:
5. City Front Square

with 7-11 the status is only known to me, thru the developers website.

12-13 are old office proposals of which I am not sure are dead or still active.

New Renderings were recently added to for the Market Gateway Tower.

Here is a sample:

peanut gallery Aug 14, 2007 7:57 PM

Thanks for the info and thanks for putting this thread together. I had no idea all these projects were under construction or very close to it. Now that I look more closely, I realize I could have read the status for each, which you already listed. So, I'm sorry for not reading more carefully!

Out of the approved/proposal projects, I'd really like to see City Front Square come to fruition. Filling that spot would add to the downtown atmosphere and it's been a parking lot forever. Plus, I like the look of it. I just don't want to see it conflict with the Montgomery Hotel next door. They did a nice job refurbishing that place.

I'm trying to picture the location for 200 Park Ave. I used to work across the street at Adobe and can't for the life of me remember what was in that little building that this would replace. Do you happen to know?

San Frangelino Aug 14, 2007 9:00 PM

This was orginally posted by rocketman_95046 and its regarding the City Front Square Project. This is the one I'd also like to see happen.


Originally Posted by rocketman_95046 (Post 2981289)
By Katherine Conrad
Mercury News
Article Launched: 07/27/2007 01:37:07 AM PDT

A logjam that threatened a multimillion-dollar development in downtown San Jose has been cleared with the developer and the city agreeing to a "financial haircut."

Developer Mike Kriozere, principal at Urban West Associates, agreed to lop a floor off each of his two 25-story residential towers as long as the city lowers its price on the land, currently a parking lot on Market Street near the Fairmont Hotel.

Losing a floor on each tower reduces the total number of condominiums from 414 to 400 and the price on the 1.5 acres, known as Block 8, to $27.2 million from $28.6 million, the price agreed to by the city in June 2006.

"Instead of waiting around for God knows how long it will be . . . you break the logjam," Kriozere said. "That's what reasonable people do."

It was not a resolution that made either side happy. But Harry Mavrogenes, head of the city's Redevelopment Agency, said neither side wanted to risk a delay.

"We can lose (14) units now, or wait another year for the studies to be complete and lose the market," he said.

Kriozere's project, City Front Square, has been on hold because of an unresolved conflict that flared up in December between the city, downtown boosters and Mineta San Jose International Airport over the height of downtown buildings. At issue is how to reconcile flight paths over the downtown and the city's proposed high-rises.

Airport officials argue that tall buildings pose a risk to airplanes

when they are forced to change flight paths because of wind conditions. Developers, meanwhile, assert that many projects aren't profitable unless they reach a certain height.
A consultant hired by the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, the San Jose Downtown Association and the airport is currently studying the conflict. A report is expected at the end of August.

With a decision by the city months and maybe a year away, Kriozere said he worked with Mayor Chuck Reed to figure out how to get the project back on track. The developer noted that he could have lowered the nine-foot ceilings in the units rather than eliminate a floor, but he didn't want to "cheapen" the luxury project that will offer concierge services, spas and 24-hour door staff.

"We want to go ahead a build the building, and the mayor wants it built," Kriozere said. "I make a sacrifice; the Redevelopment Agency makes a sacrifice. It's fair. A delay hurts everybody."

Kriozere said final touches on the drawings will be done soon and he hopes to start construction on the $250 million project sometime after the new year. The first tower should be complete by 2010.

Kriozere also is building One Rincon Hill in San Francisco, a high-rise condominium project at the foot of the Bay Bridge. The units, which sell for about $1,000 a square foot, are almost entirely sold out. New residents can begin moving in later this fall, he said.

He is convinced that luxury condos will be a hit in San Jose, as well, though the price of the units has not yet been decided.

Contact Katherine Conrad at or (408) 920-5073.

San Frangelino Aug 15, 2007 9:02 PM

More Mandela/ Grand images (aka Big West Oakland Project mixing condos, light industry, and some retail)

You can download the report where the images came from at

The architects website:

San Frangelino Aug 19, 2007 6:36 PM

New Tallest for Oakland, only 450 ft, but its a start!
Orginally posted by Oaktown:

42-story condos sought for lake
Developer’s high-rise would be the tallest building in city

Full article at



San Frangelino Aug 19, 2007 8:36 PM

Some North First Street, San Jose News

Chu faces vote on North San Jose housing
By Barry Witt
Mercury News
Article Launched: 08/13/2007 01:41:55 AM PDT

New San Jose Councilman Kansen Chu will be tested Tuesday night when he decides whether to support a 1,900-unit apartment complex in his district or back a neighborhood group's call to suspend new housing developments in the area.

Full Article available at

For those unfamiliar, North First Street is a massive redevelopment project North of Downtown San Jose. It would remake a portion of First st between Montague Exp and Brokaw Rd into a pedestrainized mixed-used district, sort of like a second linear downtown. As of Decemeber 2006, the legal barriers have been removed to allow the redevelopment to go ahead.

Images from the sites listed below:

For more information go to:

Some Key Elements:

Proactively plan for growth to allow more industrial development in a way that benefits current San Jose residents.

Allow up to an additional 27 million square feet of research and development and office space in North San Jose.

Bring up to 83,000 new jobs to San Jose, providing additional job opportunities for San Jose residents.

Concentrate up to 16 million square feet of the new research and development and office space in a 600 acre Urban Corporate Center core area along the North First Street light rail corridor, between Brokaw Road and Montague Expressway.

Develop an average 1.2 FAR in the core area with typical buildings of 6-10 stories.

Focus on high-tech and corporate headquarters development.
Create a rich pedestrian environment within the core area to encourage use of the transit system.

Generate approximately $520 million in funding for the construction of local and regional transportation improvements.

Provide new high-density residential development (up to 32,000 units) in close proximity to employment centers

yakumoto Aug 20, 2007 4:02 AM


Originally Posted by San Frangelino (Post 3009800)
Sorry, guess I should have made note of that. Blue =under construction, Red= Proposed approved/ proposed (sorry i didnt seperate the two, but i wasnt sure, and Green= unknown status.

I did this map in March so it may be a bit dated. I do know for certain that the following projects are still active though.

Under Construction:
1. Central Place
2. City Heights
3. Axis
4. 360 Tower

Construction to Commence in Fall:
6. Park View Towers

Up For Approval:
5. City Front Square

with 7-11 the status is only known to me, thru the developers website.

12-13 are old office proposals of which I am not sure are dead or still active.

New Renderings were recently added to for the Market Gateway Tower.

Here is a sample:

The green one, Almaden Towers/Boston Properties Complex is in planning with the city's redevelopment agency, so it hasn't been shelved. BTW its multiple office towers totaling 860000 sqft of office space.

In terms of residential towers, The first tower of Tamien Place is under construction, I don't know when they're going to start on the second one.

San Frangelino Aug 21, 2007 12:19 AM


Originally Posted by yakumoto (Post 3019937)

In terms of residential towers, The first tower of Tamien Place is under construction, I don't know when they're going to start on the second one.


That's good to hear. I have seen other renderings of the project, although I never saved them. It looks like the complex will have 3 towers, of what heights I am not sure. I do hope it gets off the groud.

Do you ever recall hearing of plans Adobe had to expand on vacant land on the opposite site of the freeway? I thought I recall reading an article about that?

rocketman_95046 Aug 21, 2007 3:49 AM


Originally Posted by San Frangelino (Post 3021070)
That's good to hear. I have seen other renderings of the project, although I never saved them. It looks like the complex will have 3 towers, of what heights I am not sure. I do hope it gets off the groud.

Do you ever recall hearing of plans Adobe had to expand on vacant land on the opposite site of the freeway? I thought I recall reading an article about that?

Yes they bought the land south of the Shark tank for future offices and condos...

these are two articles.. you have to pay for the full version becuase they are archived.

Adobe reportedly in talks to buy lot: S.J. PARCEL CALLED IDEAL FOR COMPANY
From: San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, CA) Date: March 22, 2006
Byline: Jon Ann Steinmetz

Mar. 22--The last downtown property big enough to support an Adobe-sized office campus may find a familiar buyer: Adobe itself. Adobe Systems, downtown San Jose's most visible high-tech company, is in negotiations to buy some or all of a 5.5-acre parcel of land owned by the San Jose Water Co., according to individuals familiar with the talks. The site is across from the HP Pavilion on West Santa Clara Street. If a deal is consummated, it would set in motion the first new office construction downtown in years, on the only remaining land large ...


Adobe to buy 5.5-acre tract in downtown San Jose for $25 million
26 April, 2006
San Jose Mercury News

Adobe Systems announced today it has agreed to buy a 5.5-acre site in downtown San Jose for $25 million from ...

(c) Copyright 2006, San Jose Mercury News. All Rights Reserved.

San Frangelino Aug 22, 2007 7:18 PM

Thanks Rocketman :tup:. I knew I had heard about Adobe expanding west of the Freeway from somewhere.

San Frangelino Aug 22, 2007 8:18 PM

Here are some information on developments for "the Peninsula."



Brisbane Baylands

In February 21, 2006, UPC submitted to the City of Brisbane a Specific Plan for the Phase I of the Brisbane Baylands. This project is in the formal planning process. The project expands over 440 acres in the eastern portion of the Baylands. The proposed project includes mixed commercial, office, retail, restaurant, and open space uses.

You can download the Specific Plan at

Unfortunately for fans of the Built enviroment, the first phase of this project may leave you "wanting." As you can see from the image I have posted below (from the specific plan download); the mid parcel is going to be an auto mall, the commercial section at the bottom will be a suburban campus (not unlike those the populate Silicon Valley and nearby South San Francisco), Big Box retail will take up nearly half of the entertaiment sub area, and a lot of space is given to parking lots. But if memory serves me well, I have heard this section of the bay lands is extremely contaminated, and thats why they have decided to go with this scheme.

I am, however, interested to see what happens in the future phases of development. The area north of the huge traffic circle is slated for a mixed use transit development. That might end up being something to look foward to, although it probably end up having a single developer. There is also potential in the area surrounding the baylands, with executive park being redeveloped nearby as well as the old 49ers statdium, Vistatcion Valley has a small redevelopment area and the old cow palace will most likely come down. There are also more talks for redeveloping Sierra Point nearby and allowing housing. I would also hope to see something done around the Caltrain station in South San Francisco. They are all very disjointed now, but with good planning (yes i know!) they could be a good whole. Guess time will tell but the potential is exciting, I think.

Here is the image from the specific plan:

San Frangelino Aug 22, 2007 8:40 PM

Here is some news regarding Sierra Point just south of the baylands.



Brisbane's Sierra Point may get a plaza
David Smith, The Examiner
2007-06-25 10:00:00.0
Current rank: # 5,235 of 6,438

Brisbane, Calif. -
After languishing for years as a suburban office park with an incredible view, renewed business interest in Sierra Point could lead to a public plaza there for all to enjoy.

With building applications in for a five-building biotech campus and an 800-room resort hotel-condominium project on the bayfront land, city officials are turning their eye toward a public plaza to give Sierra Point some “heart,” officials said.

Today, a joint session of the Brisbane City Council and Planning Commission will vote on conceptual designs of the plaza, which include necessary land trades with private entities on the land, and a level of retail development around the proposed public space.

The proposed plaza would be located near the marina at the eastern end of Sierra Point Parkway, protecting the public view east of the Bay as Sierra Point becomes more and more built out.

“There’s no ‘there’ there right now,” said Community Development Director Bill Prince of Sierra Point. “This is really a case of an attempt to retrofit one of those suburban office districts with perhaps a more successful mix of uses,” he said.

But because Sierra Point is somewhat isolated from surrounding communities and the majority of its population is around during the workweek, usage of the plaza is a concern, according to a city staff report.

In a memo to Brisbane officials, Tim Kelly, a real estate adviser with Keyser Marston Associates, a consultant group hired by the city, said providing ground-floor retail was “an important component in the success” of the proposed space.

“The public realm can become a destination drawing users who will patronize the businesses,” Kelly said.

He added in his memo that residential development on Sierra Point was “essential” to the viability of retail and the success of the plaza because between the proposed condos and hotel, the 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week environment would provide additional support to any bars, restaurants or coffeehouses there.

There is no residential development allowed on Sierra Point, which could change if Universal Paragon Corp.’s resort hotel and condominium project is approved.

“[The hotel proposal] could really inject a soul into Sierra Point that it currently doesn’t have,” Prince said.

“If there are people living there they’ll want some walking space,” Mayor Steve Waldo added.

Potential growth

» Biotech campus of five buildings on 22 acres with 540,000 square feet of research and development space and 2,500 square feet of retail


» Mixed-use redevelopment on a 10-acre site with a 12-story office building


» An 800-room resort hotel-condominium project with two 14-story towers on 11 acres


» Four or more mixed-use buildings on more than 40 acres with up to 630,000 square feet of office space and 50,000 square feet of retail

- Source: City of Brisbane

An image from

peanut gallery Aug 22, 2007 11:11 PM

Is that skinny yellow box at the very top of the Brisbane plan a train station? If so, it's a shame it's not more centrally located in the development. Better than no station at all I guess, but odd.

San Frangelino Aug 22, 2007 11:35 PM

^ Yes I believe that is the train station. I agree its inconvient, at least to the first phase of the development. If you look at the plan, there is a graphic that shows a muni metro rail line going down an extended Geneva Ave (which is shown on the map above). If that is there plan, it would seem more cost effective to have the Caltrain station closer to the planned Geneva Ave extention. That way they wouldnt have circle Muni Metro around to reach it. But I when the station was relocated they didnt have a plan for the area.

P.S. that rail line in the graphic extends up Geneva Avenue then crosses the freeway to Executive Park, into 49ers stadium.

dimondpark Aug 22, 2007 11:42 PM

wow...there is some really great info in this thread.

Those Mandela/Grand and Emerald Views Images are stunning! Go Oakland!!!!

Reminiscence Aug 23, 2007 2:40 AM

I have to admit, with all the action going on in San Francisco, I've been so caught up with it that I've forgotten most other areas. For this reason, I'm thankfull that time was taken to create this thread that shows projects from around the Bay Area. Mandela and Sierra Point look very intresting. With that being said: Great work, thanks for all the information and I look forward to more. :)

Frisco_Zig Aug 24, 2007 12:45 AM

I hear you about Brisbane
[QUOTE=San Frangelino;3025129]Here are some information on developments for "the Peninsula."

But all considered I don't know if we can expect much more. I see South City densifying so that is hopeful that they will move forward from surface lots at least. I hope they at least orient themselves to the Caltrain station (though its a ways away-is this the future TOD they are talking about or some sort of bus system???)

if they need the big box stuff and the automall to help pay for redevelopment so be it (though they are lacking in vision it seems to me) but at least I hope they consider that if they want the future workers to take the train and patronize their little strip mall/downtown without driving they need to make the environment accommodating (though this is some distance from the existing Caltrain stop I think)

When I worked at Oyster point the most frustrating thing (other than public transit) was the lack of anywhere to eat (save for the corporate cafe) or walk to. I would take a shuttle to work from Bart and then I was literally stuck

Frisco_Zig Aug 24, 2007 12:58 AM


Originally Posted by peanut gallery (Post 3025535)
Is that skinny yellow box at the very top of the Brisbane plan a train station? If so, it's a shame it's not more centrally located in the development. Better than no station at all I guess, but odd.

The station location might be older than the town of Brisbane which is near to the stop. This open land used to be the dump I believe (by the way which map are you referring to-I don't see transit at all on what was posted)

They are moving the station at Hillsdale in San Mateo to better match development so it is possible

Its tough in the Bay Area with everything so fragmented but in a perfect world I don't see why this station couldn't move???

If Caltrain become what it could be (something akin to Bart) and we had more comprehensive planning we could plan pretty intensive development around these stations. Caltrain's corridor is a great asset that we are greatly under utilizing.

With regard to the light rail being extended that seems to me to be another waste. People in Bay View and Viz Valley aren't working these jobs. Most people live on the Peninsula, come from the East Bay or live in the trendy parts of SF. If you lived near downtown would you ride the T for an hour to get to a Biotech job in Brisbane? The whole T thing sucks and is a huge waste of resources

Frisco_Zig Aug 24, 2007 1:01 AM


Originally Posted by San Frangelino (Post 3025191)

traffic is going to be a bitch if they build all of these plans and just pay lip service to future TOD

peanut gallery Aug 24, 2007 7:53 AM

I'm referring to this one:

It looks like they are adding a station here. Perhaps you're right that they are actually moving a station here. I don't recall offhand where all the stations are along this part of the peninsula.

You're right that the Caltrain corridor is underutilized. Part of that is because for so many years it was strictly a freight train line and cities always turn their backs on those. But it is changing, slowly but surely, in places like Redwood City and Mountain View, etc.

San Frangelino Aug 27, 2007 10:15 PM

A little something interesting I found at


Redwood City Tries to Revive Development Project Rejected by Voters

Clara Long Mar 13 2007 News

Redwood City, Calif.– In a quest for higher density housing, Redwood City officials are entertaining a proposition for a mixed-use high density development on bay side land, even though a similar proposal by the same company was defeated by popular referendum 3 years ago.

Developer Paul Powers first proposed the project, now known as Peninsula Park, to the city as the Marina Shores Village in 2000. The city council gave him the green light but opponents, led by an environmental group called Friends of Redwood City, orchestrated a citywide referendum rejecting the project. Less than two years later Powers came back to the city with a scaled down but largely similar high-rise project that may still have to run the gauntlet of citizen opposition.

At the heart of the political maneuvering over the waterfront development lies an alignment of interests between the private developer, whose plans maximize the land-use value of the site, and city officials, who are convinced of the need for Redwood City to increase the density of its residential areas.

But some Redwood City residents are not keen to see the waterfront areas of their community start to look like the big city. And those wary of bay side development may be in for a long fight as an adjacent chunk of industrial land, the former Cargill salt fields, comes up for redevelopment.

In 2000, Powers, who represents the San Mateo and Denver-based developer, Glenborough-Pauls, LLC, envisioned a $1 billion housing, retail, hotel and office construction on the east side of Rt. 101 with condominium high rises up to 23 stories. Those opposed to the project cited concerns about the height of the proposed buildings, their environmental impact, and the traffic they would generate.

In Powers’ scaled-back proposal the condominiums shrank to 10 stories, and the overall area is reduced to 33 instead of 46.5 acres. The plan would still intersperse shops, a hotel and nearly 800 new residences on bay-water canals overlooking nearby Bair Island.

Residents were able to stop Marina Shores Village because Powers is required to ask the city for new zoning. An impound car storage lot currently on the property complies with the area’s “general commercial” zoning, which allows for a wide variety of commercial and retail uses but not homes.

“It’s the act of rezoning that’s causing us to be vulnerable to a referendum,” Powers said.

“Here is what a lot people ask me,” Powers said. “You’ve been working on this 7 years, why don’t you just take the zoning you have?”

According to Powers, city officials told him not to use the current zoning when he bought the land.

“The city leadership told us emphatically,” said Powers. “You may have the zoning for office but you need to know up front that we, the city leadership, want housing.”

“You don’t want to fight city hall,” he said.

But Redwood City resident, Matt Leddy, and his group, Friends of Redwood City, did.

Leddy, who is a Horticulture professor at San Mateo college was one of what he estimates to be a dozen activists who ran the 2004 referendum campaign against Powers’ project.

“We told voters about the traffic problems and the height, and then the public made their own decision,” Leddy said.

Blake Lyons, Redwood City senior planner in charge of the project, said community opposition to the proposal “took the developer by surprise” three years ago.

“It wasn’t until more active folks got involved that it got people to pay attention and start to think about it,” Lyons said.

City officials were also taken by surprise. Redwood City’s mayor, Barbara Pierce said the project failed in the referendum primarily because of concerns over the high-rise housing.

“We are basically a suburban community, so when the developer wanted to go really high they pushed the envelope and I think they pushed it too far,” Pierce said. She voted to approve the original project.

Pierce, who gave an interview by phone between sessions at a smart growth and urban design conference in Los Angeles this weekend, said she hoped Glenborough-Pauls would propose a similar project on the site to address what she called Redwood City’s “tremendous need for housing.”

“I think Paul Powers knew the city was interested in talking to him again. And, why not? We,” she said, referring to the city council, “had already approved it.”

But neither city officials nor the developer wants the project to prompt another referendum.

“I think we need to work to involve people in the city process so that they understand that they are not being sacrificed for the developers,” Pierce said.

To that end, the city contracted the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, a San Mateo nonprofit that promotes the use of non-adversarial solutions to conflict, to run its community outreach program for the project. In three workshops last fall Leddy and other Redwood City residents met with city officials and Paul Powers to air concerns about the Peninsula Park proposal.

“The city is very open to comments,” said Leddy of Friends of Redwood City. “The thing is what they do with those comments.”

Leddy said he agrees the city needs new housing, but most of it should be constructed in urban in-fill projects in the downtown area. Buildings on the Peninsula Park site, he added, should stay under 75 ft, or the current zoning.

“You can’t have your head in the sand,” he said. “We’re not against building housing out there. But what is the community getting for the additional height?”

The group has not yet taken a position on the new project.

“We’re waiting to see what kind of options are presented,” he said.

Community opposition to new high-rises in peninsula cities is a growing phenomenon, according to Richard Walker, a University of California Berkeley geography professor who studies urban development.

“The fact of the matter is people don’t want the density,” he said. “The peninsula is not the ‘burbs’ anymore. It’s the center”

But he added, “there are legitimate concerns about space and environmental impacts and traffic.”

Walker said the kind of ‘mixed-use’ development Powers envisions has become the darling of city planners and developers alike in recent times.

“Developers love them because they can maximize their return and reduce risk at the same time” he said. If one sector of the real estate market falters—as prices for office space have in recent years—projects are buoyed by high prices in another sector.

Powers expects the city’s consultants to finish a Peninsula Park addendum to the previous Marina Shores Village environmental impact report by the end of the month. At that time, the project will go before the city’s Planning Commission.

The story of Peninsula Park may foreshadow an even bigger struggle over development. Cargill Inc. announced last June that it would soon wind down its salt production operations on 1,400 acres immediately south of the proposed Peninsula Park project. Cargill then formed the Redwood City Industrial Saltworks LLC in partnership with DMB Associates, a regional residential developer with a reputation for overcoming community opposition to development. The partnership is seeking only to “determine the future use of” the property at this point, according to their website.

The Friends of Redwood City are ramping up for a battle.

“If they develop out there, the traffic would be a nightmare,” said Leddy. “We need that marsh for the health of the bay,” he said.

John Bruno, the spokesperson for Redwood City Industrial Saltworks, said the company does not yet have a specific plan to present to the city. DMB Associates, he said, generally finds it most effective to ask for public input through direct mailings and workshops before initiating a development proposal.

“We find it’s a very disarming approach to go into a community and just listen,” he said.

After 7 years of constant attention to the Marina Shores Village and Peninsula Park projects, Paul Powers was unruffled when asked if the prospect of another housing development on the former Cargill land make him nervous about competition.

“The last thing we worry about on the peninsula is competition from more housing,” Powers quipped. “Nothing ever gets approved.”

“Poor Paul,” said Leddy at Powers’ comment. “We agree to disagree.”

© Stanford University

For those unaware, the Marina Shores Project was approved but defeated in citywide vote 3 years ago. The projects most prominent feature would be housing in the form of 17 towers 15-23 stories tall. It was to be east of the downtown Redwood City and the freeway, but quite a ways from the Caltrain station. If you would like to download some old documents

Here are some old images of a model made for the project @

To find out more about the Peninsula Park Project

San Frangelino Aug 27, 2007 10:20 PM

(Double Post)

San Frangelino Aug 27, 2007 10:24 PM

Also @ Images of the office and Harvest Hall that are suppose to happen at Jack London Square.

and here is an image and rundown from

I believe I read in the Business Times that the Harvest Hall will now mostly be offices rather than a large market. There is a good rundown on what's happeneing there at

San Frangelino Aug 28, 2007 6:48 PM

Another find from

West Oakland BART Station


The West Oakland BART Station project is currently proposed as two high-rise residential/commercial buildings, one facing 7th Street and the other facing 5th Street
The proposed 7th Street high-rise is a concrete frame Type I construction with a glass curtain wall. It is projected to be 31 stories – 22 floors of residential with 5 penthouse levels, and over 4 stories of commercial space. Each residential level will have 20 units, for a total of 440 units. Each penthouse level will have 6 units, for a total of 30 units. Residential units will vary from 1 bedroom/1 bath to 2 bedroom/2 bath units ranging from 785 SF up to 2,232 SF. Penthouse units will be 2 bedroom/2 bath units, each approximately 2,000 SF.
The proposed 5th Street high-rise would have an identical residential configuration, but only 2 floors of commercial space, for a total of 56,000 SF. The 5th Street building will also have 4 levels of above-ground parking and 3 levels of below-ground parking, with 185 spaces per level, for a total of 1,285 spaces.

The Project has completed a Phase I environmental assessment. The Phase II assessment was started in July 2006.

Frisco_Zig Aug 30, 2007 10:36 PM

Redwood city project
as much as I am for development I really would like to see them focused around mass transit

The Harbor project will be 10o% auto dependent as will Sierra Point in Brisbane

peanut gallery Aug 31, 2007 12:27 AM

Yep. That's the problem I have with the Redwood City thing. Sure, it's dense. But It's totally disconnected from everything except roads. I suppose they could add ferry service, but I really don't see that happening anytime soon.

San Frangelino Sep 10, 2007 11:18 PM

If these Proposals from are legit then San Jose will have 3 sets of Towers to add to its stock.


88 North First Street, San Jose, CA


Description: With twenty-two stories of luxury highrise residential homes having every conceivable amenity, Northpoint Development's "88 North First Street" project in the heart of downtown San Jose will attract the successful executive as well as professional dual-income couples and high-income singles. This premier site is located on the corners of First Street, Second Street, and St. John, directly across from St. James Park. Step out the door and the light rail system and planned BART extension connect the new homeowner to all parts of Silicon Valley. Completion of entitlements is expected no later than January 2008.
Project vision: The project is envisioned as a multi-tower complex providing 9,000 square feet of upscale retail space, and 414 residential units located on the top sixteen floors. Typical one-bedroom residential units will be 800 square feet, with two and three-bedroom models from 1000 — 1500 square feet. The top two floors will consist of luxury penthouses with two and three-bedroom configurations from 1200 — 2200 square feet. Competing luxury high-rises are the CIM tower selling many units at a price over a million dollars, along with the K-T Properties project selling many of their units for over a million dollars. The competitors sites are in less desirable locations than Northpoint Development's "88 North First Street", in part because their locations are within the flight path of San Jose International Airport.
Amenities will include a state-of-the-art health club, rooftop garden, and generous balcony space. A luxurious, expansive lobby will stimulate the senses upon entering the doors of 88 North 1st St. Retail space will be marketed to small, upscale restaurants, boutiques, and coffee shops.
300 South Second Street, San Jose, CA.


Description: Located on San Carlos Street between Second Street and Third Street, adjacent to the State of California building and the Federal Building, and one block from the San Jose State University campus, Northpoint Development's lively "300 South Second Street" project will attract the new Silicon Valley technology professionals with its world-class architectural design, dual towers, twenty-two floors of 598 modern, upscale residences, and 36,164 square feet of colorful shopping, unrivaled food and exciting entertainment. Completion of entitlements is expected no later than August 2008.
Project vision: This mixed-use residential project consists of dual towers of twenty-two floors with 900 square foot one-bedroom residential units, and two- and three-bedroom units vary from 1050 — 1200 square feet. A wide variety of optional upgrades will be available, and most of these units will be marketed towards move-up homebuyers and corporations buying secondary living space. The top two floors are designated for penthouse units, with large living spaces (from 1800 — 3000 square feet), 12 ceilings, and an express elevator. The penthouse interiors will be selected by purchasers working with in-house interior designers to create unique custom-designed suites.
The retail/pedestrian plaza will consist of 36,164 square feet of retail and restaurant space and over 17,400 square feet of open, public space. The vision includes a jazz club, coffee shops, various restaurants, cleaners, and other fine retail establishments. People will be able to stroll through our landscaped paseo and open plaza between San Carlos, 2nd St., and 3rd St., visiting interesting kiosks, shops, outdoor dining, and entertainment. This covered, but open plaza is sitting beneath 598 new front doors connecting the most dramatic residence in all of downtown San Jose. This Plaza will have a lease value in excess of $25,000,000.
Fifth Street Tower, San Jose, CA.


Description: Designed in cooperation with the First Methodist Church, the seller of the site, the "Fifth Street Tower" residential project is a reflective glass skin T -shaped tower that is located immediately across Santa Clara Street from the new City Hall building. Completion of entitlements is expected no later than September 2009.
Project vision: This residential tower of 384 units will consist of twenty-two floors built above two levels of underground parking, 9,000 square feet of retail space, and town homes along 6th St. The latter will likely be purchased by the businesses and professionals that work on a daily basis with the various departments of the new City Hall. The residential floors are designed for small families and move-up buyers, consisting primarily of one- and two-bedroom condominium homes with custom options and amenities that exceed those of other projects being planned by competitors.

Delmas Tower, San Jose, CA.


Description: "Delmas Tower" is a 72-unit, 8-10 story mid-rise residential condominium project with pool and health club located on the border of mid-town and Metro San Jose, near all downtown freeways, the light rail, the new BART extension, and railroad and bus transportation. It is a short walk to all of downtown San Jose, including the nearby Adobe headquarters, downtown San Jose's largest employer. Entitlements will be completed by January 2008.
This two phase project will include an additional 85 condominiums in a four story, over podium structure along Auzerais Avenue, which is adjacent to Delmas. This phase has significant environmental issues that are currently being mitigated by the seller.
Project vision: These well-appointed, luxury condominium homes range from one-bedroom units of 800 square feet to two- and three-bedroom units up to 1500 square feet. Each unit of "Delmas Tower" will have a balcony that is the full width of the living room, allowing residents to take full advantage of San Jose's 300 days per year of sunshine. A second phase is located around the corner at Auzerais Street, and will consist of three, four, and five tier structures designed to interface well with the surrounding community of single-family homes.

peanut gallery Sep 11, 2007 6:03 PM

Thanks for digging those up San Frangelino! There is so much going on around downtown SJ.

Do you happen to know if the rendering for 300 South Second is looking west on San Carlos? I hope so, as it would put the taller tower right on the corner.

That last one looks like a horrible location from the satellite photo. Perhaps it's not actually as bad as it seems. But in that image it looks like they're dumping 10 story condos in the middle of a bunch of single-story, single-family, detached homes. It looks totally out of scale and character with the surrounding environment.

BTW: you picked up the Second Street map URL for the Fifth Street Tower. You might want to edit that.

San Frangelino Sep 14, 2007 4:41 PM


Originally Posted by peanut gallery (Post 3050881)
Do you happen to know if the rendering for 300 South Second is looking west on San Carlos? I hope so, as it would put the taller tower right on the corner.

Hard for me to tell. The website doesnt really note a standing location.


That last one looks like a horrible location from the satellite photo. Perhaps it's not actually as bad as it seems. But in that image it looks like they're dumping 10 story condos in the middle of a bunch of single-story, single-family, detached homes. It looks totally out of scale and character with the surrounding environment.
Thats what I thought too, but apparently the Delmas area just west of downtown and south of Diridon station is being up sized with infill projects. just finished an 8 story building in the area that I thought seemed out of place, but I suppose now if they want to add 10 story towers nearby, it wouldnt be. I just wonder what the residents of the single family homes feel about it.

Heres an image of the area. Note: the proposed towers would be adjacent to the freeway on the street a block south of David Baker's 8 story building.


BTW: you picked up the Second Street map URL for the Fifth Street Tower. You might want to edit that.
Thank you for noting that.

peanut gallery Sep 14, 2007 5:49 PM

I guess we're just seeing the growing pains of densification. I didn't realize how close that location is to Diridion. It makes sense to go vertical around there. I imagine the current residents don't like it too much.

San Frangelino Sep 19, 2007 3:57 PM


New A's ballpark in Fremont would be surrounded by upscale eateries, shops
Carolyn Jones, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
(09-18) 21:56 PDT Fremont -- At the A's proposed new ballpark in Fremont, home runs wouldn't fly into the bay or the salt flats. They'd land in your plate of spaghetti at an upscale Italian restaurant.

If approved by Fremont's City Council, the $450 million Cisco Field would open in 2011 in a now-vacant lot in the city's Irvington district. It would be surrounded by high-end retail stores, restaurants overlooking the outfield, and housing for at least 3,000 people, A's officials told Fremont Tuesday night.

"This is the biggest project Fremont will ever see," said Mayor Bob Wasserman. "If it's approved, it will create a pride here. It will make the city a whole place."

Though finances weren't part of the discussion as the A's outlined the latest details of their 200-acre, $1.8 billion development plan to Fremont officials and residents at Fremont City Hall, the team has asserted that a new ballpark would raise millions of dollars a year in public and private revenue.

On Tuesday, the A's said they would comply with city officials' request to move a proposed elementary school closer to the stadium. It had been planned for several blocks away.

Cisco Field - which would be located 25 miles south of the the team's current stadium on Oakland- would seat 32,000 and be the smallest ballpark in Major League Baseball. Almost the entire outfield would be rimmed with elevated seated. That way, pedestrians, shoppers and diners walking in a mall area below could watch the game for free through windows beneath those elevated seats.

The team, tentatively to be called the Athletics at Fremont - at one time it had been the Silicon Valley Athletics at Fremont - would play in a classic ballpark with plenty of bricks reminiscent of Boston's Fenway Park or AT&T Park in San Francisco, said Keith Wolff, the A's co-owner.

"On game days, the ballpark will provide energy and excitement," Wolff said. "On nongame days, it will be like a sculpture or a park."

The public would also be able to watch games for free from a public park just beyond center field. That park would even have its own scoreboard.

The development would include 11,000 parking spaces cloaked by four- and five-story residential buildings, with more than 3,000 units in all.

Most of the 60 or so Fremont residents who attended Tuesday's meeting supported the project.

"Fremont, for many years, has needed something to keep people here," said Bill Rinetti, owner of Massimo's restaurant there. "People will stay here and spend their money here, and the whole city will prosper."

Not everyone was thrilled with the project. Some complained that the ballpark wouldn't be close enough to BART - it's five miles from the nearest station - and that the shopping area would attract too much traffic.

There were also environmental concerns.

"Everyone here seems to be intoxicated with the idea of bringing a professional ball team to Fremont," said Vinton Bacon of Fremont who works for the Sierra Club. "This project brings more suburban sprawl and is inherently environmentally unfriendly."

The A's plan to submit a formal development application to Fremont within four weeks, Wolff said. The A's have said they are leaving Oakland because they couldn't secure land for the expanded development the owners envisioned.

"We tried to do it in Oakland. That was our first choice," Wolff said. "The officials were great, our fans are amazing. We just couldn't get the land."

E-mail Carolyn Jones at

Frisco_Zig Sep 21, 2007 5:20 AM

I find the whole A's staduim thing to be a shame on many levels

More bad planning

BigKidD Sep 21, 2007 8:15 AM


Originally Posted by Frisco_Zig (Post 3066627)
I find the whole A's staduim thing to be a shame on many levels

More bad planning

That's no worse than them potentially being called the Athletics at Fremont. And I thought the Angels name was rubbish.

Reminiscence Sep 21, 2007 5:56 PM


Originally Posted by BigKidD (Post 3066771)
That's no worse than them potentially being called the Athletics at Fremont. And I thought the Angels name was rubbish.

Agreed. I even thought "Fremont A's of Oakland" had potential, but this is just sickening. I also dont like the size of the stadium in terms of seating capacity, it should be able to sit at least 40000. The development around the stadium seems like a good idea, but the central point of focus is all wrong, in my opinion.

krudmonk Sep 22, 2007 12:37 AM


Originally Posted by Frisco_Zig (Post 3066627)
I find the whole A's staduim thing to be a shame on many levels

More bad planning

If it becomes a stadium in a bland suburban environment, then it is a waste. If it becomes the centerpiece for a bustling new neighborhood and spurs urbanization in Fremont, what's there to hate?

San Frangelino Sep 25, 2007 9:30 PM



Spaces and places: Office park proposed in North San Jose
By Katherine Conrad
Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News

Article Launched:09/04/2007 01:34:37 AM PDT

It was only a year ago when Manou Mobedshahi turned the San Jose Hyatt into a Holiday Inn.
Now a developer wants to turn the hotel into an office park.

According to a filing last week with the San Jose planning department, TMG Partners of San Francisco proposes turning the 17-acre site, with its rambling two-story hotel, into 10- and 20-story office towers. Located on North First Street off Highway 101, next to a light-rail line and just a mile from the airport, the property is considered prime land for development.

Rich Watkins of TMG was not available to comment Friday, nor was Mobedshahi. But the hotelier said a year ago he was negotiating a long-range plan to build a mini-city of 2,500 condos, offices and hundreds of hotel rooms, after his 10-year contract with Holiday Inn expired.

"It would be a vertical Santana Row, only much more organic," Mobedshahi said in 2006, acknowledging that such a project could take a decade or more to develop.

Preliminary plans submitted to the city call for demolishing the existing hotel and constructing two 10-story office buildings totaling 500,000 square feet and a six-level parking garage in phase one. Phase two proposes a 20-story, 500,000-square-foot tower with a parking garage.
Jean Hamilton, acting planning official for the city, said TMG's proposal was only one of several recently submitted to the city for development of North San Jose. Tishman Speyer, which bought nearby property from BEA Systems earlier this year, proposes a several million-square-foot office and retail development, and the Irvine Co. received approval last Tuesday to build up to 1,900 residential units in the area.

"It's definitely in the direction the city envisions, supporting the intensification of North San Jose," Hamilton said. "We're getting a lot of interest."
The next step involves the city vetting the applications with various departments to ensure the building heights don't pose a risk given the proximity of the airport.

Another green office project:

Opus West announced plans to build two office towers, totaling 448,000 square feet, at Sierra Point in South San Francisco.
The project will meet green policies outlined by the U.S. Green Building Council in its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines.
Both buildings will feature cool roofs, bike racks and showers, window glazing, water-efficient landscaping and water-use reductions that result in 20 percent reductions.

Frisco_Zig Sep 26, 2007 5:05 AM

the lack of transit for one thing

Originally Posted by krudmonk (Post 3068038)
If it becomes a stadium in a bland suburban environment, then it is a waste. If it becomes the centerpiece for a bustling new neighborhood and spurs urbanization in Fremont, what's there to hate?

I have a hard time envisioning this becoming anything more than a Baseball Disneyland or having any real connection to Fremont. As I understand the site it's greenfield and miles from any public transit and across the freeway from developed Fremont

Its a real shame this isn't going into downtown Oakland or similar site. There you would see real revitalization

This is a particularly strong opinion I have about baseball. It is a perfect downtown sport. I have no problem with football moving to the suburbs

Frisco_Zig Sep 26, 2007 5:09 AM

there is no public transit at Sierra Point in South San Francisco

peanut gallery Sep 26, 2007 5:51 AM


Originally Posted by Frisco_Zig (Post 3075563)
As I understand the site it's greenfield and miles from any public transit and across the freeway from developed Fremont

Your understanding is incorrect. It is going into an already cleared and turned lot that was going to be a Cisco campus anyway. It is bordered on three sides by existing mixed use development. If not already, this area will be serviced by AC Transit when the stadium, village and housing gets built. ACE and Capitol Corridor run right past it and the plan includes a new station here. The only drawback is that it is 5 miles from the current Fremont BART station and at least a mile from the planned Warm Springs station. Shuttles are fine for the airport, but with the volume needed before and after games, I don't know how that would work.

I agree that it would have been preferrable in downtown Oakland. Unfortunately for the A's, Jerry Brown had other plans for the one realistic site: Uptown. The rest of downtown Oakland is built out, and the team and city officials weren't willing to employ eminent domain.

On the plus side for Fremont, this area could become that city's de facto downtown. Something it is lacking today.

San Frangelino Sep 27, 2007 4:23 PM



Shorenstein, MetLife pair up for office building in downtown Oakland
San Francisco Business Times - by Ryan Tate

Shorenstein named a financial partner and groundbreaking date for its long-planned "T-12" office tower in downtown Oakland.

Shorenstein said MetLife Real Estate Investments would invest in the venture.

Just over 20 stories tall, the tower is part of the City Center office complex, which is nearly completely leased as growth by health giant Kaiser compresses office space in downtown Oakland amid a housing boom.

Shorenstein preserved the option of using the site for office, however, and ultimately pursued that plan amid the residential downturn, which has prompted developers in Oakland to cut prices and offer incentives like two years of paid homeowners' association dues.

Shorenstein must build on the site by 2009.

The company announced it plans to break ground in spring 2008.

It also disclosed that it plans to seek LEED certification on the building.

It is not yet clear whether the building will house a World Trade Center office. Mayor Ron Dellums during his election campaign last year advocated attracting a large World Trade Center facility to Oakland as a way to stimulate growth, and the T-12 site emerged as a potential site for such a center after proponents lost their bid to house the center at the former Kaiser Convention Center.

Does anyone know if T 5-6 is available to build on? I always thought it would a great spot for vertical mall and a tall mixed-use tower.

San Frangelino Sep 27, 2007 5:55 PM

Older Renderings of the aforementioned from as pointed out by Dimondpark.

Apparently via the blog above the design has changed. It was to be 378 feet, making it one of the tallest on the Oakland skyline. Not sure what the height will be with the recent submission it's mentioned to be 23 stories.

peanut gallery Sep 27, 2007 6:42 PM

Yeah about T-12! Say goodbye to another downtown surface lot! T 5-6 I believe is a mostly underground parking garage. I thought they wee tearing it up last time I was down there, but I could be thinking about another block.

San Frangelino Oct 5, 2007 2:46 PM

First some bad news from:


Friday, October 5, 2007
Olson halts big Oakland condo project
San Francisco Business Times - by Ryan Tate

Developer Olson Co. quietly halted construction on a half-finished condominium project in downtown Oakland, a troublesome turn for a project long seen by city officials as the centerpiece of their downtown housing push.

The construction freeze at City Walk comes amid a rash of cancellations and slowdowns for housing developments in downtown Oakland.

"It's a tough market right now," said Stuart Greundl, who is leading BayRock Residential's nearly-complete development of an 11-story condominium tower on the edge of Oakland Chinatown. "It's slow. But it's still plugging along."

There are roughly 1,300 market-rate condos available in the city, not counting projects smaller than 20 units, just under half of which have been on the market for one year or more. Another 1,600 rental and for-sale units are under construction.

San Frangelino Oct 5, 2007 3:11 PM

More Development for Oakland's Fruitvale District.

This via:

Gateway Community Development Project
29th Ave @ East 12th Street ( south side of East 12th Street, roughly between 26th Ave in the west and Derby Ave in the east)

View Looking South (Sorry it's all in B/W)

Site Plan

Project Description

There is also this from:


Friday, October 5, 2007
Signature Properties to develop for-sale homes at Fruitvale Transit Village
East Bay Business Times - by Jessica Saunders

Signature Properties has submitted preliminary plans for up to 450 condominiums in the second phase of Fruitvale Transit Village in Oakland, an award-winning mixed-use development centered around BART's fourth-busiest station.

The first phase of the transit-oriented development, which opened next to Fruitvale BART station in 2003 and was completed in 2004, includes 47 apartments, 114,510 square feet of office space, 39,707 square feet of retail, and 850 parking spaces. The second phase, set to break ground in mid-2009, will initially include 92 for-sale units, with two additional phases up to a maximum 450 units.

Signature Properties was chosen as the phase II residential developer a year ago, but its involvement wasn't announced until Sept. 27, about the time it filed with the Oakland Planning Commission. The Pleasanton-based builder spent the year working with BART and developing "very, very conceptual" preliminary plans, Signature Properties President Michael Ghielmetti said.

"We are really excited about the neighborhood. ... It's a really cool place most of the world doesn't know about," he said.

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