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October 9, 2013

I owe my soul to the company store

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Point, Business, Development — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

I think there are a lot of people in Alameda who believe that if they keep on insisting that the best and highest use for Alameda Point is business that will stop all housing from coming in as though housing and business is some how not a compatible mixture of uses.  So it was with great interest that a ton of folks have been writing about Facebook, yes THAT Facebook, and their foray into supporting residential uses close to their super campus in Menlo Park.

From SF Gate:

The social network giant has partnered on a new, 394-unit apartment complex to be built “within walking distance” of its headquarters and campus in Menlo Park.

The $120 million, 630,000-square-foot complex, called Anton Menlo, is a partnership between Facebook and Northern California residential real estate developer St. Anton Partners.

[I]t will have a mix of studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. As part of Facebook’s agreement with the city, 15 below-market-rate units are set aside for low-income tenants. Rents TBA.

It also has, in the words of KTGY principal Keith Labus, “everything the young professional could want to complement their busy lifestyle.” Besides the routine pool, communal kitchen facilities and rooftop deck, other amenities include a “grab-and-go” convenience store, sports pub, bike repair shop, a yoga room with personal trainer, and a pet spa with doggy day care.

And Business Insider has a full complement of renderings.

But here are some I that I grabbed from the agenda packet:


All apartments, the parking in enclosed in the center of the apartment building (that big whitish looking thing in the middle).   Which just goes to show that even the super campus user needs to create some “there” for its workers even with all the bells and whistles that it provides on site.   So I guess the issue is a bit of a chicken and an egg scenario.  Do we build the egg first (the housing) or expect the chicken (campus user) to come in and then lay the egg themselves.



  1. Talk about never leaving the island. If we had one of these, you’d never have to leave the neighborhood. I like your title for this one, Lauren. It’s spot on. Ghettoize your workers and they’re more likely to work long hours. Also notice the the emphasis on ” the young professional.” It’s well-known that Mark Zuckerberg has no qualms about practicing ageism. But hey, it takes all kinds. One man’s heaven is another man’s hell. I wouldn’t want to live there, but I’m sure there are many who would leap at the chance. At this point, anything that might prevent me from getting another parcel tax increse looks good to me. Plus, it’s NIMBY.

    BTW, folks, Target opens today. A prize for the first person to fill a cart with American-made goods. (Sorry, folks. I’m feeling especially “me” lately.)

    Comment by Denise Shelton — October 9, 2013 @ 7:39 am

  2. does the cart have to be made here also.???

    Comment by John P. (L) — October 9, 2013 @ 7:54 am

  3. Does anyone know if those carts have wheel locks on them so you can’t take them out of the parking lot? I went to CVS yesterday and they are don’t to 3 carts

    I don’t really care about Target, does anyone know when the new Safeway is planned to open?

    Comment by joe — October 9, 2013 @ 8:31 am

  4. BTW, I thnk it is great Facebook is putting housing next to their campus…who wants to spend their time comuteing.

    Comment by joe — October 9, 2013 @ 8:34 am

  5. Yes, the Target carts have cart locks, Catellus says that the rest of the retail should open in 2014, probably mid-2014.

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 9, 2013 @ 8:47 am

  6. Only 15 below market units out of almost 400? Glad Alamed does better than that.

    Comment by Not A Alamedan — October 9, 2013 @ 8:51 am

  7. Lauren, Per your example, the jobs came first, then the housing. Second, you can’t get much more “there” than the Town Center plan currently being refined. If no one comes to build it, it doesn’t really matter what anyone thinks about what should come first.

    Comment by Richard Bangert — October 9, 2013 @ 10:30 am

  8. While we are on the topic of cart locks, can CVS and Lucky’s be fined for not installing wheel locks on their carts? I have called the City to remove abandoned carts in my neighborhood. After a slow response, I loaded them in my truck and took them back to the Lucky’s and CVS parking lot. Guess what? The carts just return a few weeks later. I don’t expect the City to have the manpower to do a cart run each week; but, I do expect these two businesses to be respectful of the Alameda community by keeping their carts on their property or posting a telephone number to contact someone to retriev them.

    Comment by Bernice Wong — October 9, 2013 @ 10:33 am

  9. How about stopping, questioning, possibly citing or arresting people seen pushing those carts, which very likely to be stolen?

    Comment by dave — October 9, 2013 @ 10:49 am

  10. Trader Joe’s carts are the preferred brand deposited in the Gold Coast. Cart locks can prevent the disabled, elderly, et al too-weak-to-carry-stuff-to-the car-parked out in the corner of the lot, from taking our purchases home. But I note that Target has put its cart barriers in a sensible place: at the perimeter of the parking lot, not the perimeter of the store.

    Comment by vigi — October 9, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

  11. The City isn’t responsible for cart returns, the stores have companies they contract with to collect them. If you call the store they will get the company out there. You can also use to identify problems such as abandoned shopping carts, garbage, graffiti, etc. Response to issues submitted through seeclickfix appear to be pretty fast

    Comment by notadave — October 9, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

  12. Notadave. Thanks. I usually call the city and they call the chain store. Do you know the direct number for the cart removal wing of CVS and Lucky’s near Bay Point?

    Comment by Bernice Wong — October 9, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

  13. Bayport, not Bay Point.

    Comment by Bernice Wong — October 9, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

  14. Sorry Target and carts sort of took over the purpuse of the todays subject. I was supprised to find a Trader Joe’s cart by the appartments on Alantic by the base…The thing is it isn’t the elderly or disabled taking the carts. I had a shopping cart I bought in the when I lived in SF and tried to give it away for free no responses.

    If they built a few complexes as the orginal supject of this blog was…the elderly and diabled wouldn’t have far to go to get what they need.

    Comment by joe — October 9, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

  15. Since I am disabled, & closer to elderly than not, AND I own my home-deliver me, please, from opinions like #14, which want to pack us away in “convenient” [for them] housing.
    Target carts definitely lock, all right-the first one I approached had already locked up in the store.

    Comment by vigi — October 10, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  16. Sorry Vigi,
    if I offended you As I said it is not the elderly or disabled who take the carts. I lived in a place like this for a few years and loved it…go downstairs and get coffee, get lunch, small grocery store…it was great.

    Comment by joe — October 11, 2013 @ 10:11 am

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