Category Archives: Real Deals

New To West Oakland: City Venture’s Station House

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On Tuesday, March 21, ULI San Francisco braved the rains to check in on what has been developing in West Oakland. The event featured a discussion and tour of City Ventures’ Station House with their Development Manager, Jason Bernstein. The event was organized by the East Bay Programs Committee. Station House is the latest addition to the West Oakland neighborhood and the first for sale development to be delivered during this cycle. The project is part of the Central Station development, initially envisioned by Holliday Development in 2000. The Central Station development also includes … Read More

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Millwheel North Tour: Family Friendly Housing comes to the Dogpatch

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Millwheel North Condo Residence – Indiana Street between 24th/25th streets. Family Ready Homes with Size. By Robert Hindman If one were to imagine where the subjects for Richard Florida’s book, Rise of the Creative Class, would want to settle, it would likely be someplace like the recently completed four-story, 39 unit condo residence called Millwheel North in the vibrant, often sunny, and rapidly evolving Dogpatch District. It was here that developer and early Dogpatch trailblazer, Redmond Lyons, President of the R Group and Polaris Pacific Managing Director, Garrett Frakes met … Read More

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Marlow Hits a Home Run in Russian Hill

On Tuesday, March 25, over 70 ULI members toured Marlow, a new 98-unit residential project located in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood.  The tour was led by Mike McCone, Vice President of Development at Oyster Development, and Garrett Frakes, Principal at Polaris Pacific. Mike McCone started the tour with a discussion on the property’s history. According to Mike, Dean Givas, the head of Oyster Development, purchased the land for Marlow in 2010. Initially entitled for 62 senior housing units, the Oyster Development team re-entitled the property over a 15-month period … Read More

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Rene Cazenave Apartments: A Model of Permanent Supportive Housing

Rene Cazenave Apartments is located on Block 11A of San Francisco’s Transbay Redevelopment Area. The development was awarded to a joint team of BRIDGE Housing and California Housing Partnership through a competitive selection process in 2008. The 120 units of permanently affordable supportive housing serves a diverse resident group of formerly chronically homeless individuals who have physical and mental disabilities. Onsite services include: healthcare, educational and job counseling and substance abuse counseling. Key Design Features: Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic systems for electricity and hot water generation. Separate Grey Water plumbing … Read More

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460 Bryant Gets a New Breath of Life

With lead tenant Weebly lined up, and remaining tenants in the contracting phase, 460 Bryant is shaping up to be a success story for Scott Haskins and Sierra Maestra Properties.  Scott led a ULI group on a tour and shared the history of the property, from its beginnings as a liquor warehouse to its recent acquisition and conversion to creative office space. The Deal Sierra Maestra acquired the 60,000 ft2 property in 2011 as a mortgage in default and later foreclosed.  They decided to develop and build out the project rather than … Read More

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School of Dentistry Dorm Rooms Turned Luxury Resi Units

The creators of 2130 Post presented their work on Tuesday, July 23 to a sold-out audience. 2130 Post is one of the newest residential adaptive reuse projects to debut in San Francisco. Located in the Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood directly across from the redesigned Hamilton Recreation Center and Park, the building offers 71 newly fashioned rental units. Don Bragg and Cindy Park of The Prado Group presented the challenges and opportunities associated with the project to an eager group. The building was originally erected in 1969 as a convalescent hospital, … Read More

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ULIsf Crosses The Bay to Tour The Bond

Delivered in 2008, The BOND condominium project in Oakland’s Jack London Square District faced some of the worst residential real estate market conditions in US history.  Given the circumstances, developer Mike Reynolds of Embarcadero Pacific Company made the decision to rent it and wait for a better day.  That better day finally came in 2013. ULI toured The BOND with Paul Zeger and his team from Polaris Pacific on Thursday, June 27.  According to Zeger, recent sales at the nearby Ellington condominium project were encouraging enough for Reynolds to bring … Read More

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Modern Upgrades to a Historic Stadium

On June 19th ULIsf was treated to a tour of UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium and Student Athletic Training Center, led by Bob Milano, the facilities director. The most striking aspect of the massive undertaking was all the dramatic changes required to actualize the project: major earth/berm removal, adding a two-story lower level training center, creating a concourse, adding multi-tiered clubs and new press boxes. Still, the University was able to keep the building looking remarkably like the originally, built in 1926. The architectural team of HNTB, teamed with local firm … Read More

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ULI Tours a Re-Imagined, World-Class Treatment Center

ULI Silicon Valley held a unique tour of the newest gem to the medical center service experience, and I was lucky enough to attend. The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and Sutter Health conducted an intimate tour through the recently completed Sunnyvale Center. Leading the tour was David Jury of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, project architect Henry Mahlstedt of Hawley Peterson Snyder, senior project manager James Pease of Sutter Health, and senior project manager Joe Yau of DPR Construction. The PAMF Sunnyvale Center is the result of an expansion … Read More

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ULI Tours Cal’s New Student Housing

On June 5, 2013, ULI toured the Maximo Martinez Commons in Berkeley.  Developed by UC Berkeley, the property serves as off-campus student housing for 416 undergraduate students.  The project manager for the construction project, Valerie Zylla of UC Berkeley Capital Projects, led the tour. The tour’s primary focus was to highlight the various innovative design elements that prompted the California Higher Education Energy Efficiency Partnership to award the property “Best Sustainable Design” project.  These design elements were found throughout the property, from the site design of the overall building to … Read More

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