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September 14, 2015

The container stores

Filed under: Alameda, Development — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

The container project is finally on the agenda for the Planning Board — this will also be the first meeting for the newly appointed PB members as well, so worth a watch in general to see the new members in action — the description of the project from the staff report:

The applicant proposes using shipping containers to construct a compact, mixed-use project with approximately 3,600 square feet of gross floor area in five two-story buildings (Exhibit 1).  The primary uses include a 400-square-foot cafe space, a retail kiosk, one 400-square-foot residential efficiency studio, and 2,800 square feet of flexible, micro office space.  The offices are intended to attract sole-proprietors and small startups in the tech sector.

So, essentially everything is designed to be small, including the single residence on site.

Photos, including the general floor plans and old photos from the last time I posted about it.  The colors are less saturated because it’s not a video grab.

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This project has support from practically every business and property owner around the particular site, including the owner of Perforce, Janet Koike of Rhythmix, Donna Layburn of the Marketplace, all of the auto body shops around the area, etc and so forth.  So far no correspondence about how people hate it and how it’s not a good fit, but there’s still time and there will be two meetings about the project.

As I posted in the comments of my last post, here are a few examples of container projects around the world:

Staff has suggested slight tweaks to improve the corner treatment, because it will be one of the first things that people see when entering in to Alameda there needs to be a mindfulness on making it iconic and appealing.  I think the staff suggestions are sound and given that we have two great architects on the Planning Board who have done much to improve other projects, I’m sure they’ll have some solid suggestions as well.



  1. Haven’t read the staff report yet, but I hope we see some creative park lets, and signage as part of the landscape (no lawns please).

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 14, 2015 @ 6:55 am

  2. The Planning Board page has not been updated yet at

    Who are the two new members?

    Comment by Jon Spangler — September 14, 2015 @ 7:15 am

  3. Bathrooms in only one of the buildings? Why not more live-work?

    Comment by Li_ — September 14, 2015 @ 7:53 am

  4. Hopefully there will be a very large “Welcome to Alameda” sign so people don’t think they’ve gone to Emeryville by mistake.

    Comment by dave — September 14, 2015 @ 8:19 am

  5. I didn’t know Emeryville had a shipping container development project. Hopefully you can provide a link.

    Comment by Lauren Do — September 14, 2015 @ 8:22 am

  6. Hopefully they Planning Board can demand concessions from this project to ensure it won’t detract from the fantastic aesthetics of the run-down old folks home and auto-parts store that currently characterizes this Gateway to Alameda.

    Comment by Brock — September 14, 2015 @ 9:43 am

  7. I don’t mind this development, but I wish this it could be coordinated with efforts to improve and make safer the access for peds and bikes to cross the bridge. The path behind Oreilly Auto Parts could be nicely connected to the bridge and routed right to Oak St. Similar improvements needed on the other side of the street (and the other side of the bridge).

    Comment by AJ — September 14, 2015 @ 10:05 am

  8. I’ll wait to see what it’s like before making any judgement, but I like the possibility it will work as homage to the history of north shore as an industrial corridor. The materials and design at Bridgeside were supposed to do that, but I think they missed the mark a bit. Problem is that homage only really works for people who have a memory of a previous use. It is self evident at Rhythmix with the old signage.

    Comment by MI — September 14, 2015 @ 10:43 am

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