Redevelopment Success Stories
Creekside Plaza Office Complex
Creekside Office Plaza is San Leandro’s first Class A office complex and a remarkable example of the power of redevelopment to transform a blighted and underutilized parcel into a prized community asset. This thriving development is the result of a lengthy process that began in the 1980’s when the Redevelopment Agency, recognizing the site’s potential, began land acquisition and assemblage. In the early 1990’s, the Agency began working with the community and Creekside Partners, the developer, to identify the most effective uses for the site. Once development was underway, the economic recession created new challenges to finishing the project, however, perseverance on the part of the developer and Agency ultimately resulted in successful completion in early 2010.
Built on a 6.5 acre parcel, Creekside Office Plaza is now home to 230,000 square feet of high quality, attractive office space and over 1,000 employees. Located on a prominent corner in the heart of the City’s downtown Transit Oriented Development (TOD) area, the complex is adjacent to a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station and easily accessible from two major freeways. The three-building complex has structured parking, a restaurant, and a walking path along the San Leandro Creek. Creekside Plaza is presently 100% leased.
The multi-phase renovation of the 600,000 square foot regional mall began with the addition of the new Bayfair 16 Century Theatres in 2001 and a 150,000 square foot Target store, which opened in 2002. In subsequent years, Kohls department store, Bed, Bath and Beyond, a Chili's Bar & Grill, a relocated Chevy's restaurant, Starbucks, Old Navy, Staples. Justice for Girls, and Jamba Juice have all opened their doors. The mall's interior, exterior and food court are also under renovation to enhance the mall as a regional shopping and lifestyle destination.
Marina Auto Mall
Enhancing San Leandro's tax base to provide needed community services is a crucial element in the City's Economic Development Strategy and Redevelopment Plan. In order to increase the local tax base, the Redevelopment Agency and a large number of local and regional car dealerships created the Marina Auto Mall taking advantage its convenient location and access to Interstate 880. Today the Auto Mall is made up of 12 dealerships.
East 14th Street Median Project
In 2004, the City adopted the East 14th Street South Area Development Strategy, which put in place a plan for the future development of East 14th Street corridor south of Downtown. This plan included in a series of streetscape improvements to be constructed by the City including medians, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping which will run from 150th north to Lillian Ave.
To date the City has constructed raised concrete medians with landscaping along East 14th Street between 136th Avenue and 144th Avenue. Left turn pockets were added to enhance motorist safety and the safety of pedestrian crossings was improved by creating pedestrian refuges in the median areas and by improving curb ramps.
San Leandro Senior Community Center
The new state-of-the art San Leandro Senior Community Center located at 13909 East 14th opened on April 4th 2011. This modern 21,000-sq. ft. building was designed and built to enrich the lives of the seniors of San Leandro by offering an array of social, recreational and health-related activities. The new center is centrally located, with a Flex shuttle stop next door in front of the San Leandro Hospital. The center will also serve as the city’s new Emergency Operations Center in the event of a large scale crisis such as an earthquake.
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The City of San Leandro has undertaken a variety of projects in recent years to revitalize the City’s downtown, including the adoption in fall 2007 of a new downtown Transit-Oriented Development Strategy, the opening of the Downtown History Walk in spring 2007 as well as the opening of the City’s Museum and Art Gallery on West Estudillo several years ago as well as. The City is also invested in new pedestrian amenities which include improved lighting, sidewalks, landscaping, and the creation of Joaquin Plaza – a community gathering space with a fountain and areas for outdoor seating and dining.
Other important efforts have included the sprucing up of business storefronts, the introduction of a downtown farmer’s market in summer 2008 and the development of a unique downtown marketing campaign aimed at future tenants that will take advantage of San Leandro’s unique position to re-create itself as a lifestyle destination.
Façade Improvement Program
San Leandro Redevelopment Agency’s Commercial Facade Improvement Program is designed to make aesthetic improvements to existing commercial buildings within the City of San Leandro Redevelopment Project Areas. The Program serves to stimulate investment and improve the appearance of businesses in order to make commercial districts more attractive. The Program provides incentives to enhance the appearance of local businesses by providing access to capital through forgivable loans. Recent examples of successful Façade Improvement Projects include, Scribner Center, Mike’s Feed and Pets, The Bal Theater, Liberty Tax and Ridge Foundry.