OAKLAND LEADERS LOOK TO CLEAN UP JACK LONDON DISTRICT
(OAKLAND, CA) — Leaders in Oakland's Jack London District are cracking down on crime and keeping its streets clean all at the same time.
Wearing neon green uniforms, maintenance and safety ambassadors are walking the streets clean up the area as well as provide a very important service.
"They'll provide safety escorts between any two destinations in the district. They interact with people smile greet them," says Savlan Hauser Executive Director of Jack London Improvement District.
The ambassadors program came to Jack London District a little more than two months ago. They patrol from Sixth Street down to the water and from Brush to Fallon Streets. The purpose is to help beautify the area, as well as make people coming to Jack London feel safe.
The nonprofit program is run by Jack London Improvement District which was created three months ago. It's based out of the former Urban Blend Cafe on Broadway. There hours of operation are from 6 a.m., until 11 p.m. So far crews say they have picked up more than 34,000 pounds of trash, cleaned up more than 7,000 graffiti stickers and have had interactions with more than 11,000 people. The ambassadors are also working to improve the Interstate 880 underpass. They also provide services to those in need by having regular engagement with the homeless.
The ambassadors say just by simply being in the area, its deterred break-ins. "A lot of times folks tend to get dropped off and start casing cars. So a lot of times ambassadors start noticing this behavior and they'll just roll by. A simple presence of a radio and a bright shirt have people thinking twice," Carlos Paz of Jack London Improvement District.
AUSTIN GROUP PROPOSES APARTMENT COMPLEX
(JACK LONDON, Oakland) Here's the project description from Developer: The Austin Group LLC is pleased to present The Mirador (n. a turret or tower attached to a building and providing an extensive view) a proposed mixed-use project at the key corner of Broadway and 2nd Street in the Jack London District of Oakland . It is a goal of the design for the project relate to the imagery of the existing Jack London fabric while making its own unique statement.
The Mirador consists of ~3,000 sf of ground level, street retail and six levels above consisting of 48 two bedroom apartments. The project also includes car stacked parking of ~48-62 potential car stalls, including electric car charging options. The seven story project is anticipated to be ~85’ tall with a roof deck garden to provide opportunity for resident gathering and take advantage of the beautiful views. It is also contemplated that a condo conversion map will be placed on the project.
Architecturally the current design cues come from the surrounding Jack London neighborhood, including used brick, board form concrete, stucco and metal windows and balconies. Another important project design element is the prominent elevator tower just around the corner on 2nd Street that will be open from the ground level to the seventh floor terminating with an architectural metal element on the roof. An exciting pedestrian experience has been envisioned, incorporating a rhythm of architectural forms, with metal garage doors opening to the public sidewalk…to engage the pedestrian traffic and the building. Lastly, the goal of this retail design is to pull residents, pedestrians and visitors from Embarcadero up Broadway and enhance the retail environment for these 2-3 blocks.
Project Amenities and Community Benefits:
- Green Building: GreenPoint Equivalent of LEED Gold
- Housing: 48 transit-oriented and sustainable infill housing units
- Retail: ~3,000 sf of pedestrian-oriented retail at this critical intersection
- Economic: Substantial increase in property tax and retail revenues generated for the District
- Climate Action: Electric car, micro-car, and bicycle encouragement
TOWN CRIER: JACK LONDON SQUARE BECOMING HOT SPOT AGAIN
By Ginny Prior Columnist
If Thursday is the new Friday, then Jack London Square is the new Pier 39. Happy hour is suddenly a happening place at old stalwarts like Scott's and Kincaid's, with newcomers like Plank and Forge driving the traffic.
It's pretty cool what the new owners have done with the old Barnes and Noble. Plank has mass appeal with its center stage bar flanked by an arcade, bowling alley and enough large-screen TVs to make it a legitimate hangout for sports fans. Outside, the feel is unquestionably Oakland with a beer garden, bocce ball and a playground for tots.
Waterside at Kincaid's, the cocktail crowd sips basil gin martinis as kayaks and crew boats slip past the picture windows. Over at Scott's, the live piano sets the mood with cool jazz as the waning sun sets over the estuary. Scott's has happy hour all evening, which I think is great -- not that I'd sit there all night, mind you.
So Jack London Square is really starting to sizzle again. Now if they could just fill the long-shuttered retail spaces. The Jack London Improvement District has been inviting input from the public through a series of panel talks. Their goal is to create a destination with "flourishing businesses, vibrant events and a high quality of life."
HP Investors Acquires Full-Block Retail Property in Jack London District of Oakland
Oakland, CA – HP Investors, LLC announced that it had completed the acquisition of a 9,115 square-foot retail property in Downtown Oakland’s desirable Jack London District. Acquired by the firm’s recently opened Oakland office, the Property is HP Investors’ 25th acquisition in the past 48 months and represents its first in Oakland.
Encompassing over 150 linear feet of frontage along Broadway between 2nd and 3rd streets, the Property represents the ground floor component of The Ellington, a 134-unit luxury condominium developed in 2009. The Property, which was purchased fully vacant, includes dedicated parking spaces, 30 foot high ceilings and can be demised in a single or multi-tenant configuration.
“We are excited to make our first investment in Downtown Oakland,” stated Isaac Abid, Principal at HP Investors. “The opportunity to acquire a property of this quality in an emerging retail corridor fits perfectly with our long-term market view, and we look forward to working with the Jack London Improvement District and our retail leasing team to activate this stretch of Broadway with a tenant mix that serves the neighborhood, workers, and visitors.”
The firm has hired Erika Elliott and Ramsey Wright of Colliers International to market the property to prospective tenants and is working with the Jack London Improvement District to highlight the Property’s location attributes.