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ALAMEDA, CA-Catellus Development Group is hoping the US Green Building Council will certify the entire Alameda Landing mixed-use development as sustainable–instead of just the buildings–as part of the Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhoods pilot program. Catellus is the master developer of the 81-acre former US Navy Fleet Industrial Supply Center on the Alameda waterfront.

Located on Oakland’s inner harbor, the site is slated to hold up to 300,000 sf of new retail development, 400,000 sf of offices and 300 single-family homes and town homes. The master plan for Alameda Landing is designed to encourage walking and cycling. Demolition work at the site is expected to begin this summer, with delivery of the first phase of office and retail buildings planned for late 2008.

Catellus says construction of infrastructure and buildings at the site will emphasize recycling of materials and adaptive reuse of existing buildings. Alternative energy sources, including solar power, will be incorporated into the site’s anchor office project, and the project will feature multiple links to public transit. Catellus also says it will look for residential, retail and office development partners that have a demonstrated ability to meet the environmental goals for the project.

“Building out the project to the highest green standards will enable us to satisfy what we believe is strong local demand for green structures while delivering long-term benefits to the environment,” says David Tirman, Catellus’ senior vice president for Northern California.

Specifically, Catellus says its sustainable design effort will include:

  • Reuse and recycling of wood and concrete from site deconstruction. Catellus aims to recycle 95% of all non-reusable construction waste;
  • Use of recycled, nontoxic, and sustainably produced building materials and finishes;
  • Landscaping that reduces water consumption in the project’s public open space and plazas;
  • Vegetation filters that treat 100% of storm water runoff, protecting the water quality of San Francisco Bay;
  • Renovation of existing warehouse facilities for office uses and parking;
  • Energy efficiency measures, including day lighting and HVAC controls, in all buildings;
  • Travel demand management and commuting solutions that serve all tenants;
  • New and enhanced public-transit services, including AC Transit routes, shuttle service to BART, and a proposed water taxi to Jack London Square in Oakland.
  • Catellus has incorporated many of these approaches at other mixed-use projects, including the Mueller airport development in Austin, Victoria by the Bay in Hercules, and Mission Bay in San Francisco. “Based on that experience, we believe sustainable design can be incorporated into Alameda Landing at minimal cost premiums, and that it will generate significantly heightened interest in the project from commercial and residential customers,” Tirman says.

    Catellus was selected as the master developer of the Alameda Landing site in 1997. Prior to its 2005 merger with ProLogis, it focused on the entitlement process and on development of the 485-home Bayport residential project adjacent to the Alameda Landing property.

    Under the approved Alameda Landing disposition and development agreement, Catellus will receive title to the land from the city in exchange for bearing approximately $103 million in planning, cleanup and public infrastructure costs at the site. Catellus says it expects to recoup up to $56 million through proceeds from tax-increment bonds, community facilities districts and other public funds over time. Catellus will manage the entire development process, undertaking certain components of the project on its own and selling land to third parties for other components, such as the residential. The city will receive 50% of any returns Catellus achieves over an 18% IRR, according to the agreement.

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