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June 6, 2014

Webster watch

Filed under: Alameda, Business, Development — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

Webster Street doesn’t get a whole lot of love very often but there are some real notable gems on the street.   Also, I just wanted to bring attention to the new Circle K convenience store that recently opened.  Much credit should be given to the Planning Board which successfully reoriented the convenience store from the rear of the lot and moved it to front on Webster Street itself.   It looks as good as any gas station convenience store can look and opens up the rear of the lot but brings a building to the sidewalk level which activates that formerly empty area.
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The worst thing about the new store is the signage which is unfortunately ugly but the new building itself sits right next to the raided house on Webster.

Also, for those, like me, who are anxiously awaiting the new Pho and Crawfish joint on Webster Street (it’s where the old Chinese buffet used to be at the motel near the corner of Appezzato) it’s scheduled to open sometime in July if I remember correctly.  We caught a peek into the restaurant and they’re doing a lot of remodeling inside.

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18 Comments

  1. In fairness, great credit should be given to archtect Daniel Hoy who had the vision and the design for the building and its placement. All the Planning Board did was push staff to look openly at the best design, rather than trying to reconfigure the site for a couple of times a week truck delivery and a significantly worse site plan that it required. Credit should also be given to Alameda’s planning, public works and executive staff for being willing to relook at the site plan and find a way for the best design to be incorporated into it.

    Comment by jkw — June 6, 2014 @ 7:51 am

  2. For Circle K the signage isn’t that bad compared to most Circle K’s I have seen in the past. The building turned out nice. It appears they took out the booth at Union 76 to give more parking. 7/11 and the small liquor stores have more competition now.

    As for the Pho and Crawfish joint I hope it does well, but I don’t like fish or seafood…I only like Tuna from a can…but that is just me. I didn’t really like Chinese buffet. I think the best Chinese food in Alameda is Dragon Village just off Webster on Lincoln.

    I was disappointed when Everett & Jones Barbeque went out of business, but that was because of the employee’s they hired. The food started out good, was quick. The place became dirty, they became disorganized and the food took a long time…but the nice thing is they still have one at Jack London Square.

    Comment by Joseph — June 6, 2014 @ 7:53 am

  3. hey, the Longs building on Park is a total surprise. I paid little attention to the process other than noting the building was forward and the parking in back, but the brink veneer facade and the soffit detail are really sharp even if the building is a little imposing. I just assumed it would look like their building on Webster. Don’t know how many machinations staff/planning board and architects may have gone through but the end product is welcome over the previous rather low threshold for new buildings.

    I give credit to the owners of the other new building across the intersection for trying, but….. I know staff got them to do some design upgrades but even with their brick, there is just something awkward about that building that makes the impact about 75% of what it might have been. The best way to explain the difference is to compare to Long’s. IMHO the building in the picture above also makes the grade. Attention to simple details.

    Comment by MI — June 6, 2014 @ 8:06 am

  4. As with the Webster building, the Walgreens building on Park/tilden benefited from a great initial design. The Planning Board again pushed staff to allow for the original versions of the building rather and staff responded. There were issues the board pushed on, mostly related to real windows versus fake windows, site access, entry placement, but the overall architecture of the building design came through the process in much the same state as it entered. Another local architect, Greg Klein, deserves the kudos for it.

    Both buildings make a solid case for hiring a qualified architect and having a commitment to building well.

    Comment by jkw — June 6, 2014 @ 8:27 am

  5. a gas station mini mart with a retail face on the street, I would never have guessed. What a great idea, thank you staff and planning board, good job.

    Comment by John P. — June 6, 2014 @ 8:29 am

  6. I’ll second JKW’s comments. Both projects show the value of hiring a talented architect (good work Daniel and Greg). Many thanks to my fellow Planning Board members, as well as staff, for working to make both the Circle K and Walgreen’s buildings successful.

    Comment by david burton — June 6, 2014 @ 9:53 am

  7. As far as Webster St…it would be nice if they could remodel Days Inn…I hardly never see cars parked there…at least paint it.

    Comment by Joseph — June 6, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

  8. Joseph, maybe they should just tear it down and re-develop the property. I think it could help finish off the district to Atlantic.

    Comment by John P. — June 6, 2014 @ 4:43 pm

  9. John that is not a bad idea…glad you suggested it. I was just thinking a paint job.

    Comment by Joseph — June 6, 2014 @ 5:44 pm

  10. I would love to see something done with the for-sale parking lot on Webster and Taylor. There’s an opportunity to really shape the heart of Webster.

    Comment by Doug H. — June 6, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

  11. I suspect that Lauren is posting under various pseudonyms.

    Comment by stu lake — June 6, 2014 @ 10:17 pm

  12. Why would she post under pseudonyms when she has an orchestrated echo chamber of Alameda parrots?

    Comment by Jack — June 7, 2014 @ 9:17 am

  13. and she gives us crackers.

    Comment by John P. — June 7, 2014 @ 10:59 am

  14. Webster Avenue after the base closed was dead as hell now it seems to be fairly busy especially south of Lincoln Street down to Santa Clara Street on Saturdays.

    Comment by Jack — June 7, 2014 @ 12:21 pm

  15. Stop it, Jack! You’re confusing Denise. Avenues run East-West. Streets run North South. [more or less] i’ve even heard Daysog call it Otis Avenue.

    Comment by vigi — June 7, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

  16. At this point what does it matter?

    Comment by Jack — June 7, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

  17. Anybody know the story on the Greek Meze on Webster which has been “coming soon” for 3+ years now?

    Comment by nemo — June 9, 2014 @ 6:48 am

  18. I would have to say the new Pho and Crawfish joint on Webster Street should have consulted a color consultant before they painted. Also Taco Bell. Maybe it is just me but the orangish brown and the trim they picked out just are not inviting. Whether you are just painting your house or a business a color consultant is a good idea. I have never been to Wally’s or the new French restaurant but they picked colors which class up the place and are inviting. Shell is now tearing up the ground…it looks like it is just to replace the storage tanks, but maybe they are going to put in something like Circle K. I went into the Circle K when I got gas the last time. It is nice inside…although I didn’t buy anything.

    Comment by Joseph — July 11, 2014 @ 10:14 pm


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