SAN FRANCISCO-With few transactions to speak of these days, Hines, Grosvenor and TMG Partners are boasting about their local efforts to minimize their developments’ impact on the environment.TMG Partners, one of the Bay Area’s largest mixed-use developers, earlier this month received the first national LEED-Platinum pre-certification under the US Green Building Council’s new rating program for neighborhood developments, which also includes input and review from the Congress of New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The USGBC gave its highest certification for the Emeryville Marketplace redevelopment, which is jointly owned by TMG and Rockwood Capital.

Jeffrey Heller of Heller Manus Architects, which designed the project, says the project transformed the center “from a 1980s suburban, car-oriented commercial development with a sea of parking, to a fully mixed-use, transit- and pedestrian-focused infill plan.”

The new mixed-use development includes up to one million sf of office, housing and retail spaces of mixed building types, to be built over the next 25 years. The project has approval for 670 units of housing with a mix of rental, sale and 15% to 20% of below-market-rate homes.

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