Friday, January 25, 2008

Budget Advisory Committee

District 3 is seeking an appointee to the City of Oakland Budget Advisory Committee (BAC). The BAC advises the City Council on the expenditures and revenues for all general fund municipal services and development of a five-year financial plan. Please visit http://www.oaklandnet.com/budgetoffice/BAC_Main.htm for more information on this committee.

If you have a strong interest in being appointed to serve on BAC, please complete a Commission Appointment Application (visit http://www.oaklandnet.com/CityClerk/boards.html for application packet) and forward with your resume to:

Councilmember Nancy Nadel
City of Oakland
1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

(Note: Applications will be reviewed immediately upon receipt, and this opportunity may close at any time.)

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OPD Citizens' Police Academy

If you live or work in Oakland attending the Citizens' Police Academy is a great way to find out more about the people and policies of the Oakland Police Department (OPD). Learn about criminal law, police procedures, and crime prevention techniques. Discuss community challenges with officers from different sections of OPD.

Classes meet at the Eastmont Station, 2651 73rd Avenue every Saturday from 9:00am to 12:00 pm for fourteen consecutive weeks. The Academy will take place from February 17 — May 19, 2007

For more information about the CPA, contact:

Paula White
Oakland Police Dept. Neighborhood Services Division
250 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Suite 6303
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 238-4523
Fax: (510) 238-7685
pwhite@oaklandnet.com

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Construction coordination meeting tonight!

The monthly community construction coordination meetings are held to bring the community, city representatives and developers together to resolve issues relating to current and future new construction in the district.

This month's meeting is tonight (Wednesday January 23rd) and will be held at 130 Webster St (note the new location) in the sales office for The Ellington. All are welcome, no RSVP necessary.

Future meetings are posted on the JLDA calendar.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Easy supporter sign-up

We have simplified the process to make a donation (tax deductible!) and become a JLDA supporter. Just visit the web site and click the "Donate" button on the left hand side which will take you to our supporter sign-up page. Select the supporter type, fill in any additional amount you wish to donate and then click the "Pay Now" button at the bottom of the page to pay by credit card or using PayPal.

For more information on supporter benefits see our supporter information page.

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

JLDA website updated - finally!

The JLDA webmaster (that's me, Simon Waddington) is pleased to announce that the JLDA.org website has now undergone extensive updates for the new year. All content has been updated and there are new sections for history and ongoing JLDA projects, plus new photos, resources and maps, a search facility and a complete archive of all previous articles on the website.

For those that use a Blog, RSS, Atom or other feed reader you can now receive updates to the website (including these announcements) via our JLDA feeds:

You can also use those links to add our content to your personal Yahoo, Google, MSN and other home pages.

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January Coffee Hours with Nancy Nadel Canceled

Nancey Nadel's office has informed JLDA that this month's coffee hours at World Ground, scheduled for January 26th has been canceled. They will resume Saturday February 23rd and the last Saturday of every month from 11 AM to 1 PM at World Ground Café, 308 Jackson Street, at 3rd.

For more information, please contact the District Three Council Office at 510.238.7003, or via email to tjackson@oaklandnet.com

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Cocina Poblana Restaurant opens

Cocina Poblana photo
Cocina Poblana Oakland, brings a new restaurant to Jack London Square serving "phenomenal Mexican cuisine with an extensive tequila bar". The opened their doors this week at 499 Embarcadero - at the foot of Washington and Embarcadero in the space formerly occupied by SFO Pizzeria. This is the third restaurant opened by Cocina Poblana, some of you may have already visited their other locations in Emeryville and San Francisco. With an established reputation, spacious bar and dining area plus outside seating for the summer this is a welcome addition to our dining options in the district.

As of January 21st their opening hours will be Monday - Friday 8am - 10am Espresso Bar and Fresh Baked pasteries, followed by Lunch from 10am - 3pm. Dinner will commence nightly at 5:00pm, and will close at 10pm Sunday - Thursday, and at midnight on Friday and Saturday. They will be serving Brunch on Satrudays and Sundays starting at 8am - 3pm, with Lunch starting at 10am - 3pm. Reservations are available on OpenTable, or by phone 510.451.4700

Welcome to the Jack London District Cocina Poblana!

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

About Grocery shopping in the District

Eating is an essential part of life and most of us can't afford to eat out every night, and even if we could there's always a need for a pint of milk, loaf of bread, and you just never know when you're going to run out of toilet paper or some other essential. It is a shame to have to get into your car to go find such staples but unfortunately there are currently very few places to buy groceries in the Jack London District as shown by the map below (green markers).

Consequently for most needs we do have to get in a car and drive somewhere which for many defeats the point of living in a City, or at least significantly detracts from the convenience. Given the mixed use nature of the district, and the increasing number of residents coming to the district (so far we think its at least 2000, with more on the way) it seems it should be possible to find a grocery operator to open up in the district. We even have a 20,000 square foot space that the City made the Jack London Square developers ear mark for "neighborhood serving retail" (see blue marker on map below) - there is definitely an opportunity here, we just need to the make connection!


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Possible store locations

Site G

The blue marker on the map above for "Site G" is so far the only proposed location for a grocery store in the District. Neighborhood input during the planning process for the Jack London Square Redevelopment got the City to add a condition of a approval for the project requiring them to include "at least 20,000sf of neighborhood serving retail" in the Site G garage. The City said it was not reasonable to require that it be a grocery, but it was clear at the time that this is what the community was looking for. Jack London Square partners said they would do their best to find one for the space, but that was several years ago. Only our demonstrated demand for grocery shopping in the area can help that happen since in the absence of a clear profit opportunity the space will be filled with something else. The JLDA Board is currently making efforts to ensure the conditions of approval are acted on and that the developer does its best to bring an appropriate retail store to the location.

Suggest a site

If you know of other sites which might be suitable for a grocery store please let JLDA know so we can add it to our map as a potential site and help liaise between property owners and store operators. Tell us as much as you can about the site and why it would be good - if you have ownership information that would be even better. Remember that a good site probably needs proximity to parking - even if we all hope to be walking there the City requires such businesses to show they have sufficient parking to meet demands, typically a certain number of spaces based on the square footage of store. Email your suggestions to info@jlda.org.

Suggest an grocery store operator

The other part of the equation is find a grocery store operator, or new entrepreneur who is willing and able to open a store in our district. Although everyone down here knows it is an ideal site for a small neighborhood serving grocery store other people outside the area don't. It may require a lot more development before someone realizes just how many people live here so we can help introduce them to the area and connect them with the right people. So if you know a grocery store operator, or someone thinking about open such a store who is looking for locations please let us know by emailing info@jlda.org

So far we have heard that the UK grocery operator Tesco is opening a chain of small neighborhood serving stores in the USA under the name of "Fresh and Easy". Initially targeting Southern California they have already signed deals to open stores in San Francisco and one in West Oakland. You can read more about Fresh and Easy at their website and even fill out their feedback form to suggest a location. Perhaps if enough JLD residents and workers suggest the Site G location (see map) they might take notice!

Tell us where you shop

An important part of showing we are a good location for a grocery store is telling us how far you have to drive to do your grocery shopping. We'd like to add a map of your favourite "local" grocery stores (even if they are in Berkeley, or Alameda) to help others in the district find good shopping, and indicate that we need a closer store and there is a good opportunity for a budding entrepreneur. Once again just send us an email with your thoughts to info@jlda.org

Thank you!

Thank you for helping us help you - it is your involvement and contributions that help make the Jack London District a great place to live.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Historic Photographs from the Oakland Museum

Wondering what that photo is to the right? Well it is Jack London Square as of 1952 with lots of cars parked where Barnes & Noble now stands. If you want to see more fascinating historic photographs like this Simon Waddington has put together a selection of photographs of the district found in the Oakland Museum online archive.

To see them just head over to the special exhibit "Historic Photographs of the Jack London District".

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Waterfront Warehouse District trash cans online

Images and descriptions of historic buildings from all 16 of the Waterfront Warehouse District trash cans are now available online on our trash cans page. The location of trash cans is shown on the Waterfront Warehouse District map.

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Oakland Waterfront Warehouse District


Listed on the National Register of Historic Places on 24 April 2000

  • 1 W. P. Fuller and Co. Warehouse - 201 3rd Street (1914)
  • 2 W. P. Fuller & Co. Annex - 225 3rd Street (1937)
  • 3 Davis-Parker Warehouse - 255 3rd Street (1926-27)
  • 4 American Bag Co. Annex - 281 3rd Street (1954)
  • 5 American Bag & Union Hide Co. - 299 3rd Street (1917)
  • 6 S & W Fine Foods, Inc. Warehouse - 200 4th Street (1937)
  • 7 Safeway Stores Headquarters - 201 4th Street (1929-30)
  • 8 General Supply Co. Warehouse - 220 4th Street (1947-48)
  • 9 Western States Grocery Co. - 247 4th Street (1926)
  • 10 C. L. Greeno Co. Headquarters - 255 4th Street (1923)
  • 11 Oakland Wholesale Grocery Co. - 267 4th Street (1920)
  • 12 Nelson Lee Paper Co. - 270 4th Street (1923)
  • 13 Makins Produce Co. Warehouse - 278 4th Street (1928)
  • 14 Oakland Wholesale Grocery Co. - 283 4th Street (1928)
  • 15 Unknown (G & R Drug Co.) - 292 4th Street (1945)
  • 16 Impurgia Warehouse - 302 4th Street (1944-45)
  • 17 Oakland Poultry Co. - 308 4th Street (1940)
  • 18 Oakland Plumbing/P.E. O’Hair Co. - 309 4th Street (1929)
  • 19 Portico Lofts - 311 4th Street (1998)
  • 20 Western Tool & Supply Co. - 287 5th Street (1950-51)
  • 21 Prime Smoked Meats, Inc. Plant - 220 Alice Street (1953)
  • 22 Autocar Sales and Service Co. - 401 Alice Street (1920)
  • 23 United Grocers, Ltd. Warehouse - 426 Alice Street (1931-32)
  • 24 Poultry Producers of Central Calif. - 229 Harrison Street (1929)
  • 25 Saroni - Sugar - Rice - 318 Harrison Street (1922)
  • 26 Oakland Portal - 415 Harrison Street (1925-28)
  • 27 Industrial Bearing Co. Building - 417 Harrison Street (1946)
  • 28 Western California Fish Co. - 425 Harrison Street (1947)
  • 29 Quong Tai Shrimp Company - 432-38 Harrison Street (1946-47)
  • 30 New California Poultry Co. - 401 Jackson Street (1946)
  • 31 Tyre Bros. Glass Company - 300-10 Webster Street (1923)
Sidewalk trash receptacles and historic signage are a project of the Jack London Neighborhood Association. Project partially funded through the generosity of District 3 Councilmember Nancy Nadel and Vice Mayor Henry Chang, Jr.

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Fourth Street circa 1962


The District's Fourth Street streetscape has changed very little since 1954, the end of the period that qualifies the District for the National Register. The later warehouses beginning at the northeast corner of Fourth and Harrison Streets and wrapping around the Oakland Portal were constructed during the economic revival that followed the end of World War II. These Moderne warehouses have identical American common bond brickwork and form their own coherent subgroup. Yet in their setting, size, style, uses, and materials, the later warehouses relate to the District's older warehouses and together they form a distinctive, cohesive, and recognizable 20th century industrial streetscape.

Designer: A.W. Smith, N.B. Green, Ralph Wastell
Construction Dates: 1920, 1923, 1928, 1945
Architectural Style: Early 20th century utilitarian and Moderne

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1 W.P. Fuller & Co.


The West Coast's largest and oldest paint company built the District's first warehouse. W. P. Fuller Paint Company used the warehouse to distribute paint and window glass throughout the western United States. Although the company has been sold many times over the years, the Fuller paint brand endures today. East Bay Tire Co. was a later warehouse occupant. Although no longer a District contributor because of a 1997 rooftop addition, the W. P. Fuller warehouse anchors the District's southwest boundary and its 1914 construction begins the District's period of significance.

Designer: Walter D. Reed
Construction Date: 1914, add. 1937, 1945 & 1950, rem. 1997
Architectural Style: Early 20th century utilitarian

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3 Davis Parker Warehouse


A tiny wholesale grocery firm was the first occupant of this warehouse built on speculation for developers Hyman Davis and M. Parker. Founded in San Francisco in 1896 by Samuel Sussman, and Gustav and Samuel I . Wormser, Sussman Wormser & Company grew to become S & W Fine Foods, Inc., one of the most enduring food brands in the United States. In 1937, S & W relocated to its own warehouse at Jackson and F ourth Streets. I n 1994, the Davis-Parker warehouse was converted to 24 live-work lofts with street-level commercial space and renamed Tower Lofts after the warehouse's 50,000 gallon rooftop water tank.

Designer: Hugh C. White
Construction Date: 1926-27, remodeled 1994
Architectural Style: Early 20th century utilitarian with Gothic and Art Deco elements

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5 American Bag Co.


American Bag and Union Hide Company pioneered the vacuum cleaning and machine mending of used burlap bags which it resold as "Guaranteed Amerbags" with an unconditional guarantee, an unusual practice at the time. The company also made new burlap, cotton, and open mesh bags used by rail and water shippers. Individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places for architecture, the American Bag Co. warehouse is distinguished by the rich textures and patterns of its three-dimensional polychrome brickwork and by the rhythm of its arched windows. The warehouse was lovingly restored in 1994 by Marianne and Ron Dreisbach.

Designer: Leonard H. Thomas
Construction Date: 1917, remodeled 1994-95
Architectural Style: Early 20th century utilitarian

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S & W Fine Foods


After leaving its leased location at 255 Third St. and constructing this warehouse, S&W Fine Foods, Inc. adopted the name that is today one of the oldest food brands in the United States. S&W grew to become one of the country's largest packagers of canned fruits and vegetables. In 2001, Del Monte Foods Co. bought the S&W brand. While earlier District warehouses were designed with loading docks at rail car height, S&W Fine Foods' 1937 warehouse included both truck height loading on Jackson Street and rail car height loading docks on Fourth Street. Both loading dock facilities have been partially filled in.

Designer: Jesse Rosenwald
Construction Date: 1937, addition 1946, rem. 1998
Architectural Style: Moderne

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7 Safeway Stores


Sirloin steak sold for 20 cents a pound when Safeway Stores established its first headquarters in this warehouse. An adjacent Western Pacific Railroad spur line and nearby Port of Oakland shipping facilities allowed Safeway to receive inventory and dispatch it to branch stores. The basement and first three floors held inventory; the top two floors housed offices. By the time Safeway left in 1996, the entire building was devoted to offices. In 2001, the building was converted to condominiums by the son of Quentin Reynolds, who worked for Safeway for 50 years, rising from stock clerk to Chairman of the Board.

Designer: Couchot, Rosenwald & Roeth
Construction Date: 1929-30, remodeled 2000-01
Architectural Style: Early 20th century utilitarian with Beaux Arts elements

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9 Western States


Western States Grocery Company roasted over 250,000 pounds of coffee a year in the basement of this warehouse. In addition to coffee, Western States distributed a full line of grocery products. Western States competed on price ("one case or a hundred, the same price"). This four-story warehouse was situated along a Western Pacific Railroad spur line, allowing Western States to buy in huge quantities and reach retail grocery stores from southern Oregon to southern California and west to Nebraska. Safeway Stores and Western States shared this warehouse until Safeway completed its warehouse and corporate headquarters next door in 1929. Safeway eventually purchased Western States.

Designer: Couchot, Rosenwald & Roeth
Construction Date: 1926, remodeled 1991
Architectural Style: Early 20th century utilitarian

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10 C.L. Greeno Co.


The Cincinnati-based C. L. Greeno Company built the C. L. Greeno Pacific Coast Headquarters warehouse to receive upholstery and bedding supplies via rail from its Ohio factory for distribution throughout the area west of Denver. Favorable rail rates made it more economical for firms wishing to reach western markets to establish a distribution outlet on the Pacific Coast rather than build manufacturing plants in western cities. The warehouse is one of Oakland's most elaborate examples of the early 20th century utilitarian warehouse. Its monumental entry hood reflects the early 20th century's "City Beautiful" trend to embellish utilitarian buildings with historicist architectural treatments.

Designer: W.K. Owen
Construction Date: 1923
Architectural Style: Early 20th century with Beaux Arts derivative and Arts and Crafts elements

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18 Oakland Plumbing


The Oakland Plumbing Supply Company warehouse and showroom was one of the few buildings constructed in the District during the 1920s that did not serve a wholesale grocery purpose. The company was nevertheless a significant Port of Oakland customer and at its height was one of the largest distributors of plumbing, heating, and engineering supplies on the Pacific Coast. The building was used continuously as a plumbing supply warehouse and showroom first by Oakland Plumbing Supply Company and then by P. E . O'Hair & Company from its construction in 1929 until 1998 when it was converted into live-work lofts.

Designer: Edward A. Eames
Construction Date: 1929, remodeled 1998
Architectural Style: Early 20th century utilitarian with Beaux Arts elements

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22 Autocar Sales


This one-story brick warehouse served as the showroom and service garage for The Autocar Sales & Service Company, an Ardmore, Pennsylvania car and truck manufacturer that pioneered the mass production of forward control trucks (cab-over design). Autocar's location in the District coincided with the growing importance of car and truck transportation to District businesses. Saroni-Sugar-Rice, for example, supplemented its rail and water shipping with two Autocar trucks. The building's prolific and acclaimed architect, A. W. Smith, also designed two other District warehouses - 300 Webster Street and 267 Fourth Street.

Designer: A.W. Smith
Construction Date: 1920
Architectural Style: Early 20th century commercial

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23 United Grocers


"United We Buy - Individually We Sell" was the marketing tag line of United Grocers, Ltd., a wholesale grocer that supplied 1,460 retail outlets in northern California and Nevada and posted $1 billion in annual sales by the time it was purchased in 1984 by the giant food company, Fleming Companies, Inc. United Grocers, Ltd. operated as a for-profit wholesale grocery cooperative whose members were retail grocers. The Richmond-based company vacated this Oakland warehouse in 1947. Later occupants included other wholesale grocery companies. Among them were Wellman Peck & Co. and Mutual Grocery Co.

Note: this building was demolished in 2005 for the construction of 428 Alice condominiums

Designer: Unknown
Construction Date: 1931-32
Architectural Style: Early 20th century utilitarian

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24 Poultry Producers


In 1985, this warehouse was renamed "The Egghouse" after the building's first use as an egg distribution center for Poultry Producers of Central California. Poultry Producers originated the Nulaid brand name, a brand employed today to market egg products ranging from fresh eggs to extended shelf-life liquid whole eggs. Renamed Nulaid Foods, Inc. in 1963, the company is California's largest and oldest egg products company. This reinforced concrete warehouse, embellished with Art Deco details, contributes to the District by its association with a major wholesale food business. Since 1985 the building has contained six artist studios, two with attached living quarters.

Designer : H.C. Baumann
Construction : Date 1929
Architectural Style : Early 20th century utilitarian with Art Deco elements

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25 Saroni - Sugar - Rice


Saroni - Sugar - Rice was the first of seven warehouses built in the District in the 1920s specifically for wholesale grocery uses. The Saronis were San Francisco candy makers and sugar wholesalers who established Oakland offices after the 1906 earthquake. With his father's help, sixteen-year-old Alfred B. Saroni expanded the Oakland branch into rice, which the company imported by rail and water from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and China. Unlike other grocers, Saroni steadfastly stuck to just two main commodities - sugar and rice - and their byproducts.
Saroni also operated a powered sugar mill and delivered fresh confectioners' sugar to local bakers.

Designer: R . Vane Woods
Year of Construction: 1922, remodeled 1992
Architectural Style: Early 20th century utilitarian

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26 Oakland Portal


The Oakland Portal's elaborate Beaux Arts façade conceals eight massive fans that draw in fresh air and expel foul air to prevent carbon monoxide buildup in the George A. Posey Tube, an underwater automobile tunnel that runs under Harrison Street between the cities of Oakland and Alameda. One block west sits the Webster Tube Portal, a 1963 structure that serves the same function as the more decorative Oakland Portal. At the time of its construction, the Posey Tube was the largest underground tunnel in the world. George Lucas filmed a scene in the tunnel for THX 1138, Lucas's first feature film.

Designer: Henry H. Meyers
Construction Date: 1925-28
Architectural Style: Beaux Arts derivative/Art Deco

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Western Pacific Railroad Depot


After winning a legal challenge to Southern Pacific Railroad's 50-year stranglehold on the Oakland waterfront, Western Pacific Railroad Company inaugurated freight service in December 1909 and opened the Western Pacific Freight Office at Third and Harrison Streets. Hampered by the federal government's seizure of railroads in December 1917, Western Pacific's business grew slowly. After the railroad was returned to private ownership in March 1920, Western Pacific's fortunes turned, aided greatly by the businesses that relocated to the District to take advantage of rail and Port shipping facilities. The building was demolished in the 1970s.

Designer: Unknown
Construction Date: Circa 1909
Architectural Style: Late 19th century utilitarian

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Steven Jimenez, 1955-2007

JLDA is deeply saddened to report that our Vice-President Steve Jimenez, died in his sleep Sunday, December 30th. Steve joined the JLDA Board of Directors in November 2006 and also lead the Growth & Development Committee.

Steve's good deeds weren't limited to JLDA, he was also on the Board of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Alameda County and a co-founder and Director of the Oakland Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and Labor. He was a Partner at the law firm Adelson, Testan, Brundo, & Jimenez and has lived in Oakland almost five years. For those that knew Steve, one of his friends has set up an online memorial where you can find photos and stories about his life.

Steve is survived by his mother Marian and his three children - Dylan (16) Clayton (14), and Courtney (13). Our condolences go to Marian, Dylan, Clayton, and Courtney. Steve was a great joy to have at meetings and made an important contribution to our community, we will all miss him.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Local news, forums and online groups

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City of Oakland resources

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Find help

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Transportation

  • 511.org - get traffic information for the Bay Area
  • AC Transit - our Alameda Country bus service
  • Amtrak - travel from our local Amtrak station to anywhere in the country by train
  • BART - Bay Area Rapid Transport available from Lake Merrit, 12th Street and West Oakland
  • City Car Share - shared car available from CCS at the convenient location of Lake Merrit BART station.
  • East Bay Ferry - the ferry company that serves us from Jack London Square
  • Oakland Airport - everything you need to know about flying to and from Oakland Airport
  • Trip Planner - great web site that tells you how to get from A to B via public transit
  • Zip Car - a car sharing company that has two cars located at Jack London Square

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Residential Buildings

  • 428 Alice Blog - a blog for (future) residents of 428 Alice, there is also a Yahoo group
  • Allegro - a three building apartment complex centered around Third and Jackson
  • Aqua Via - a 100 unit eight story apartment building at 2nd and Madison
  • The Bond - a 100 unit appartment building at 2nd and Harrison
  • The Ellington - a 143 unit condominium on Broadway and 3rd
  • Fourth Street Lofts - a blog for Fourth Street Lofts residents
  • The Landing - large apartment complex by the Estuary across from the Amtrak station
  • New Market Lofts - Yahoo group for New Market Lofts residents (members only)
  • Portico Lofts - a Yahoo group for Portico Lofts (members only)
  • The Sierra - the official website for the The Sierra condos HOA.
  • Sierra Condos - Yahoo group for Sierra Condos residents (members only)
  • Tower Lofts - website for Tower Lofts at 255 Third Street
There are many other residential buildings, but these are the only ones we have web sites for.

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Cafes, Restaurants and Bars

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Entertainment

  • Club Anton - Latin music club at 428 3rd Street, open Thursday through Sunday 7pm-2am
  • Jack London Stadium 9 - listings for our local multiplex movie theater operated by Regal Cinemas
  • Kimball's Carnival - dancing, entertainment, pool tables and food with a Latin flavor
  • The Oakland Metro - performing arts venue for the Oakland Opera at 201 Broadway @ 2nd
  • Yoshi's - world famous Jazz and Japanese food on the Embarcadero between Washington and Clay
  • The District is also home to several small underground music and performance venues but you'll have to find them for yourself.

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Buying and renting in the district

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Oakland Produce Market District Map

Map of the Oakland Produce Market District, designated an area of primary importance (API) by the Oakland Cultural Heritage Survey.


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Oakland Waterfront Warehouse District

Waterfont Warehouse District GraphicThe Jack London District contains some of the oldest buildings in Oakland and in April 2000 the National Register of Historic Places added the Waterfront Warehouse District (#00000361) a 160 acre historic district which includes 31 buildings and one structure (Posey Tube Oakland Portal) of which 26 are contributing to the historic status.

The demolition of the United Grocers Warehouse in 2005 for the construction of the 428 Alice condominiums left 25 contributing buildings in the historic district. However the developer Pulte Homes was required to pay a $50,000 towards historic preservation of the district, and Signature Properties was also required to pay $25,000 for building at 288 Third St (an empty lot). This $75,000 has supported three preservation projects so far - renovation of the trash cans in the district that display information about many of the historic buildings, placing of 13 street signs designating the boundaries of the historic district, and development of a self-guided walking tour brochure.

More information about the buildings in the district can be found in the walking tour brochure which can be obtained from World Grounds Cafe (at 3rd and Alice) or directly from JLDA (email info@jlda.org). We hope to provide a downloadable copy of the brochure in the future. You may also click on the individual buildings show in the Historic District map on this page.

Contributing Buildings
1201 3rd Street at Jackson Street
Noncontributing Building
2225 3rd Street
Historical Name: W. P. Fuller and Company Warehouse Annex
2006 Name: West Office Exhibition Design
3255 3rd Street at Alice Street
Historical Name: Unknown
2006 Name: Tower Lofts
4281 3rd Street
Historical Name: American Bag Company Annex
2006 Name: Graphic Visions
5299 3rd Street and 228 Harrison Street
Historical Name: American Bag and Union Hide Company Building
2006 Name: American Bag Building
6200 4th Street/400 Jackson Street/175 5th Street/Madison Street
Historical Name: S&W Fine Foods, Inc. Warehouse
2006 Name: Cost Plus World Market International Headquarters
7201 4th Street at Jackson Street
Historical Name: Safeway Stores Corporate Headquarters
2006 Name: Safeway Building
8220 4th Street
Noncontributing Building
9247 4th Street
Historical Name: Western States Grocery Company
2006 Name: Fourth Street Lofts
10255 4th Street at Alice Street
Historical Name: C. L. Greeno Company Pacific Coast Headquarters
2006 Name: C. L. Greeno Building
11267 4th Street
Historical Name: Oakland Wholesale Grocery Company, Inc. East Annex No. 2
2006 Name: Steve Christian Building
12270 4th Street
Historical Name: Nelson Lee Paper Company
2006 Name: Food Cash & Carry Annex
13278 4th Street
Historical Name: Makins Produce Company Warehouse
2006 Name: French Fries
14283 4th Street
Historical Name: Oakland Wholesale Grocery Company East Annex No. 2
2006 Name: Allied Paper Company
15292 4th Street at Harrison Street
Historical Name: Wright's West Warehouse
2006 Name: Paper Works International, Inc.
16302 4th Street at Harrison Street
Historical Name: Impurgia Warehouse
2006 Name: Hirsch Wright & Associates
17308 4th Street
Historical Name: Oakland Poultry Company
2006 Name: Oakland Fish, Inc.
18309 4th Street/Harrison Street/#rd Street
Historical Name: Oakland Plumbling Supply/ P.E. O'Hair Company
2006 Name: Portico Lofts
19311 4th Street
Noncontributing Building
20287 5th Street/444 Harrison Street
Historical Name: Unknown
2006 Name: Stephanos Building
21220 Alice Street at 3rd Street
Noncontributing Building
22401 Alice Street at 4th Street
Historical Name: Autocar Sales and Service Company
2006 Name: Food Cash & Carry Trading Company, Inc.
23426 Alice Street/4th Street/5th Street
Historical Name: United Grocers Warehouse
Demolished 2005 - now the site of 428 Alice condominiums
24229 Harrison Street/307 3rd Street
Historical Name: Poultry Producers of Central California Distribution Center
2006 Name: The Egghouse
25318 Harrison Street at 4th Street
Noncontributing Building
26415 Harrison Street
Historical Name: George A. Posey Tube Oakland Portal
27417 Harrison Street
Historical Name: Industrial Bearing Company Building
2006 Name: Metropolitan Press
28425 Harrison Street
Historical Name: Western California Fish Compnay
2006 Name: Roger's Automotive
29432-438 Harrison Street
Historical Name: Quong Tai Shrimp Company
2006 Name: Old World Building
30401 Jackson Street at 4th Street
Historical Name: Unknown
2006 Name: Del Monte Meats
31300-310 Webster Street at 3rd Street
Historical Name: Tyre Brothers Glass Company
2006 Name: Bay Cities Produce

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Oakland Waterfront Warehouse District Map

Below is a map of the Oakland Waterfront Warehouse District which was entered into the National Register of Historic Places on April 24th 2000. Map key:

  • Blue marker with dot : contributing building
  • Blue marker without dot : non-contributing building
  • Red marker: Waterfront Warehouse District trash can
  • Yellow marker: sign post delimiting boundary of the historic District


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More information about the Waterfront Warehouse District can be found on our history page.

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Businesses - other

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Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Diversions

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Local Organizations

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Waterfront Warehouse District Walking Tour Brochure

The project is complete and the walking tour brochures are now available from World Ground Cafe (3rd and Jackson), Jack London Mail (248 3rd), and directly from Jack London District Association by emailing info@jlda.org

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Grocery shopping information map


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There are currently very few places to buy groceries in the Jack London District as shown on the map above with green markers. We hope to update this map with the location of other grocery shopping locations close to the district that our community recommend.

The blue marker on the map above for "Site G" is so far the only proposed location for a grocery store in the District. Neighborhood input during the planning process for the Jack London Square Redevelopment got the City to add a condition of a approval for the project requiring them to include "at least 20,000sf of neighborhood serving retail" in the Site G garage. The City said it was not reasonable to require that it be a grocery, but it was clear at the time that this is what the community was looking for. Jack London Square partners said they would do their best to find one for the space, but that was several years ago.

Only our demonstrated demand for grocery shopping in the area can help that happen since in the absence of a clear profit opportunity the space will be filled with something else. The JLDA Board is currently making efforts to ensure the conditions of approval are acted on and that the developer does its best to bring an appropriate retail store to the location.

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Crime Prevention Council Meeting date and location change

This month's Jack London District Crime Prevention Council meeting (formerly Beat1X NCPC) will now be held on Thursday January 31st at 6:30pm. The new location will be Covenant House, 200 Harrison Street (at the corner of Harrison and Second). Enter the building from the main entrance on Harrison Street.

Our newly assigned Neighborhood Services Coordinator Annie Sloan will be attending the meeting.

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Jack London District on Facebook

For those of you using Facebook there is now a new way to interact online with your Jack London District neighbors - you can join the Facebook group "Jack London District" by visiting its homepage at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6675381438

The group is not affiliated with JLDA as such but is for "Residents, workers and fans of the Jack London District in Oakland, California. Jack London District is the area south of the Nimitz (880) freeway - between the Oakland-Alameda Estuary and between Adeline and the Lake Merritt Channel"

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Projects under construction

311 2nd Street

Current site photo
Project name
311 Second
Address
311 2nd St
Developer
Previously the Olson Company, sold to Mike Reynolds
Construction company

City info
Heather Klein, Major Projects, (510) 238-3659
Number of Residential Units
111
Retail/commercial space
Ground floor retail/commercial
Building height
74'
Building stories
8
Approved
1/4/2006
Start date
Summer 2007
Expected Completion
Late 2008
Current status
Under construction - concrete pouring, fourth floor
Website
None
Other notes
This project was sold to Mike Reynolds (who developed the Aqua Via apartment building) after the original developer, The Olsen Company pulled out.

200 Broadway

Current site photo
Project name
The Ellington
Address
200/210/228 Broadway
Developer
The Enterprise Group (owned by Molasky Pacific Properties)
Construction company
Swinerton
City info
Heather Klein, Projects 238-3659
Number of Residential Units
134
Retail/commercial space
11,000 sf retail
Parking spaces
222
Building height
around 180'
Building stories
18
Approved
01/18/06
Start date
August 2006
Expected Completion
Mid 2008
Current status
Construction started in Winter 2006 and the building has now topped out, the outer skin and windows are being added. The ceremonial ribbon cutting was January 16th with units being occupied this spring
Documents
Draft EIR, Final EIR
Website
the-ellington.com
Other notes
Project entitlements acquired from previous developer. Will be the tallest building in JLD until 444 Embarcadero is built

Site G (Amtrak Parking Lot)

Current site photo
Project name
Site G
Address
Amtrak Parking Lot on 2nd St
Developer
Jack London Square Partners
Construction company
Pankow
City info
-
Number of Residential Units
None - 1086 parking spaces
Retail/commercial space
At least 20,000 sf of neighborhood serving retail
Building height
87'
Building stories
7 plus roof parking
Start date
Site clearing started in December 2007
Expected Completion
Winter 2008
Current status
First floor walls being built.
Website
-
Other notes
This project will be staged to complete at the same time as site F1 (Jack London Market) and therefore will start after F1 because it will take less time to build. The design was substantially revised following community input and review meetings organized by JLDA
Documents
Perspective, Refinements, Second Street Elevation, East Elevation, Amtrak Elevation, West Elevation, Second Street Details, Platform Details

Site F1 (Jack London Square)

Current site photo
Current site photo
Current site photo
Project name
Jack London Market (formerly Harvest Hall)
Address
Parking lot next to Heinold's along Embarcadero.
Developer
Jack London Square Partners
Construction company
-
City info
-
Number of Residential Units
None
Retail/commercial space
-
Building height
-
Building stories
-
Start date
Summer 2007
Expected Completion
End of 2008, early 2009
Current status
Steel framing almost complete.
Website
-
Other notes
This is an "Embarcadero Canyon" contributing project. Since approval the amount of office space increased and retail space decreased. There are no confirmed anchor tenants for either space although Miette Bakery from SF is apparently in negotiations for space.

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Projects still in planning

367-377 2nd St, 370-380 Embarcadero

Current site photo
Project name
370 Embarcadero
Address
367-377 2nd St, 370-380 Embarcadero
Developer
370 Embarcadero LLC (consortium)
Architect
Ian Birchall + Associates
Construction company
?
City info
Heather Klein, Major Projects, (510) 238-3659
Number of Residential Units
95
Retail/commercial space
5,000 sf of ground floor retail space
Building height
85 feet
Building stories
9
Approved
?
Start date
Mid 2008 (estimate)
Expected Completion
Late 2009 (estimate)
Current status
The project has been approved but is now awaiting resolution of a legal dispute between the developer and the former tenant of the Mingles Bar who insists their lease was wrongfully terminated.
Website
N/A
Other notes
This is an "Embarcadero Canyon" contributing project - but following comments by JLDA the architect included a 5ft set back above the existing roof line of adjacent properties. The architect also modified the design to including venting for restaurants in the retail spaces, and a small 3,000 sf grocery store on second street.

444 Embarcadero

Current site photo
Project name
Jack London Square Residential Tower
Address
444 Embarcadero St
Developer
Jack London Towers LLC
Construction company
-
City info
Catherine Payne, Major Projects, (510) 238-6168
Number of Residential Units
257
Retail/commercial space
7,650 sf retail
Building height
Up to 310'
Building stories
Up to 26
Expected Start date
2009 or later
Expected Completion
2010 or later
Current status
Pre-application filed, environmental scoping underway
Documents
Initial study and environmental review checklist
Website
-
Other notes
This is an "Emabarcadero Canyon" contributing project. It may be several years before started, another likely candidate for sale of development rights as the planning application appears to be largely speculative. A hi-tech design concept for the tower was circulated in 2007 that is unlikely to be built.

Broadway-Jackson Freeway Project

Project name
-
Address
880 Freeway between Adeline and Oak
Developer
CalTrans
Construction company
-
City info
-
Number of Residential Units
N/A
Retail/commercial space
N/A
Building height
N/A
Building stories
N/A
Expected Start date
2010 or later
Expected Completion
2013 or later
Current status
Initial studies being carried out
Website
Information page
Other notes
This is a project for 880/980 on and off ramp reconfiguration proposed by the City of Alameda to solve their traffic flow problems in the tube. It would have a major impact on JLD residents due to construction, demolition of buildings adjacent to 880, encroachment of space, loss of views and extra traffic.

880 Freeway widening

Project name
880 Freeway widening
Address
880 Freeway between Oak and ?
Developer
CalTrans
Construction company
N/A
City info
-
Number of Residential Units
N/A
Retail/commercial space
N/A
Building height
N/A
Building stories
N/A
Expected Start date
Next five years
Expected Completion
At least two years
Current status
Design review
Website
-
Other notes
This is a major CalTrans project to widen the 880 Freeway south of Oak Street

Jack London Square Redevelopment Projects

The Jack London Square Redevelopment Project is a series of sites to be developed between Embarcadero and the Estuary (plus a garage at the current Amtrak surface lot) approved by the City in 2004. There is a minimum project of Site D, Site F1 and 66 Franklin which had to be started in the first five years (recently extended by six months) other projects had to be completed within 20 years before renewal of approvals was required.

Site F3 (Jack London Square)

Project name
F3 - Hotel
Address
Site of old Jack London Village, now park next to The Landings
Developer
Jack London Square Partners
Construction company
-
City info
-
Number of Residential Units
200+ hotel rooms
Retail/commercial space
Conference space
Building height
175'
Building stories
13
Expected Start date
Not before 2009
Expected Completion
Not before 2010
Current status
Approved
Website
-
Other notes
JLS Partners has repeatedly claimed, ever since approvals in 2004, that they are negotiating with a major hotel chain about operating the hotel. This would make the start of F3 seem imminent, however nothing ever comes of it and it is hard believe they can sell this as a location as a site for a 4 star hotel until the rest of the development is realized. For this reason ir could be one of the last projects to be built if it is truly to be a 4 star hotel. Considering it is not part of the minimum project that must be built in the first five years then it could mean a start date between 2010 or 2020 - a long time to wait for a hotel room.

Jack London Plaza (Jack London Square)

Jack London Plaza site photo
Project name
-
Address
Community space between Site F1 and 66 Franklin-
Developer
Jack London Square Partners
Construction company
-
City info
-
Number of Residential Units
Open space
Retail/commercial space
N/A
Building height
N/A
Building stories
N/A
Expected Start date
2008
Expected Completion
2009
Current status
This space will likely get landscape to coincide with the completion of Site F1 (Jack London Market). Therefore we expect to see it started in mid to late 2008.
Other notes
Design concepts show the space to be covered and uncovered, provide some parking, and also be home for market stalls.

Site D

Project name
Site D
Address
Foot of Broadway on site of parking lot and former TGIF retail space
Developer
Jack London Square Partners
Construction company
-
City info
-
Number of Residential Units
None
Retail/commercial space
Office (plus optional movie theater)
Building height
N/A
Building stories
7
Expected Start date
Not before 2009
Expected Completion
Not before late 2010
Current status
Approved but likely to change
Website
-
Other notes
This site was proposed to be an art house movie theater and a major draw to the foot of Broadway. However the decline of the movie business means that no one is building new theaters, least of all next to an existing one. The existing theater also declined to move to the new location. Therefore current plans do not include a movie theater or any retail leaving an office block at the gateway to Jack London Square and foot of Broadway, Oakland's key street. In theory this project should start within five years of approvals i.e. by 2009, however at the moment this seems unlikely. This is an "Embarcadero Canyon" contributing project.

Site F2

Project name
Site F2
Address
Between The Landings and Site F3 (Harvest Hall)
Developer
Jack London Square Partners
Construction company
-
City info
-
Number of Residential Units
None
Retail/commercial space
Office space and hotel parking
Building height
N/A
Building stories
N/A
Expected Start date
Not before 2010?
Expected Completion
Not before 2012?
Current status
No talk of this project starting any time soon (see below).
Other notes
As we enter a recession it seems unlikely there will be a need for even more office space at JLS given that 66 Franklin, Site C and Site F1 will all contribute significant office space square footage. It seems likely construction will be delayed until the hotel Site F3 is built which requires the extra parking space provided by F2. As this building provides additional parking for the hotel it seems unlikely it would be built before the hotel, which we believe will be one of the last sites developed. Therefore we don't anticipate this being built before 2010 or much later. This is an "Embarcadero Canyon" contributing project.

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Completed projects

288 3rd Street

Project name
288 Third
Address
288 3rd St (formerly 300 Harrison St)
Developer
Signature Properties
Architect
Levy Design Partners
Construction company
Signature Properties
City info
Joann Pavlinec, Major Projects, (510) 238-6344 Brian Matsumura, Bldg. Permits (510) 238-3882
Number of Residential Units
91
Retail/commercial space
Ground floor units are mixed use
Parking spaces
116
Building height
?
Building stories
6
Approved
12/18/2002
Start date
February 2005
Completion date
First occupancy was December 2006, building finished by Spring 2007
Website
288ThirdStreet.com
Documents
Draft EIR figures, Final EIR
Other notes
The developers contributed $25,000 towards historic preservation in the Waterfront Warehouse District which it is within the boundaries of.

200 2nd Street

Project name
200 Second
Address
200 2nd St (formerly 206 2nd St)
Developer
MV Jackson Robinson Brown
Construction company
Canon Construction
City info
Heather Klein, Major Projects, (510) 238-3659
Number of Residential Units
74
Retail/commercial space
2380 sf of live/work and 1310 sf of retail space
Parking spaces
74
Building height
?
Building stories
6?
Approved
09/03/03
Start date
May 2005
Completion date
Winter 2006
Website
200Second.com
Other notes
-

428 Alice Street

Project name
428 Alice
Address
428 Alice St (formerly 426 Alice)
Developer
Pulte Homes
Construction company
Howard S. Wright
City info
Scott Miller, (510) 238-2235
Number of Residential Units
93
Retail/commercial space
9800 sf retail/office
Parking spaces
120
Building height
85'
Building stories
8
Approved
July 2002
Start date
December 2004
Completion date
First occupancy early August 2006, completed by Fall 2006
Documents
Draft EIR, Final EIR
Website
428alice.com, 428AliceBlog.com
Other notes
This building was constructed on the site of a warehouse building that was demolished. The developers contributed $50,000 towards historic preservation in the Waterfront Warehouse District which it is within the boundaries of.

Aqua Via

Project name
Aqua Via
Address
125 Second Street
Developer
Embarcadero Pacific
Construction company
Webcor
City info
Heather Klein, Major Projects, (510) 238-3659
Number of Residential Units
100
Retail/commercial space
5190 sf commercial space
Parking spaces
135
Building height
?
Building stories
8
Approved
7/2/03
Start date
Winter 2004
Completion date
June 2006
Website
AquaViaLiving.com
Other notes
Rental units - designed for condo conversion

66 Franklin (Jack London Square)

Current site photo
Project name
66 Franklin
Address
66 Franklin
Developer
Jack London Square Partners
Construction company
BBI Construction
City info
-
Number of Residential Units
None
Retail/commercial space
93,000 sf
Building height
-
Building stories
3
Start date
2005
Completed
Summer 2006 (except for retail build out)
Website
Article on project
Other notes
Renovation of existing 1926 Haslett Warehouse building used as office and restaurant space (Old Spaghetti Factory and El Torrito)

Site C (in front of Port building)

Current site photo
Project name
Site C
Address
Water Street between Port building and the Estuary
Developer
Jack London Square Partners
Construction company
-
City info
-
Number of Residential Units
None - office and retail
Retail/commercial space
At least one floor of retail and one of office
Building height
45'
Building stories
2
Start date
Spring 2007
Completion date
February 2008
Current status
The building is now being leased, several tenants have moved into the upper floor.
Website
-

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