Oakland Museum to get first face-lift- The renovation begins January 2, 2008. Phase I will reconfigure the Art and History Galleries and enhance the Oak Street entry with an ADA ramp and a steel canopy by 2009, in time to mark the museum’s 40th anniversary. Phase II, set for 2011 completion, includes the Natural Sciences Gallery, educational facilities, and the museum store. A portion ($7.5 million) of the Measure G funds has already helped create the museum’s new California Collections and Research Center (CCRC), an off-site collections storage facility.
Two of three main galleries to close Dec. 30 for $53 million remodeling, read more
Middle Harbor Shoreline opens- Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland unlocked their gates after workers finished removing oil that washed up after the container (Cosco Busan) ship struck the base of a Bay Bridge tower in the Nov. 7 accident, spilling 58,000 gallons of fuel oil into San Francisco Bay.
For a Middle Harbor Park flyer, click here or map here
Chiodo Art Development - It was a combination of Maya Angelou and a fight that propelled Mario Chiodo on the journey that has landed him in a West Oakland warehouse, where he's sculpting what will be the largest bronze sculpture west of the Mississippi.
"Remember Them: Champions for Humanity" features the sculpted figures of 25 of the world's most inspirational people of the last 200 years. The new Henry J. Kaiser Sculpture Garden in Oakland's Fox Square will be home to the monument, with installation planned for fall 2009.
The area behind the old Fox Theatre is being called Oakland's new art district; the monument will be the focal point, totaling more than 1,000 square feet, with the highest point 21 feet high.
We're excited to have just launched the Pacific Cannery Lofts "Photo of the Moment." One of Nancy Holliday's many talents is photography, and now she's taken to the Pacific Cannery Lofts and surrounding neighborhood to create an online photo-journal.
The photography is updated daily and viewable at the Pacific Cannery Gallery. Discover the neighborhood and see the Pacific Cannery Lofts unfold by following her latest shots.
I had lunch this week at Siam Bay in Old Oakland. Siam Bay has authentic Thai cuisine, a fun atmosphere and very friendly staff. Located at 1009 Clay Street it's less than 10 minutes from the Cannery. For those of you that are not familiar with Old Oakland definitely check it out for great restaurants, lounges, and even the Farmers Market on Fridays.
On Friday night I checked out the restaurant "B" in Old Oakland, and highly recommend it. Located at 499 9th St., it is about 5-7 minutes from the Cannery. My fiance and I sat at the communal table, looking out at a Christmas lit, tree-lined street. It actually felt a lot like being on the east coast. The mushroom pizza is a winner....
For those who have had more time than myself exploring Oakland's good eats, I'm sure you've been there already. If not, give it a shot.
We recently received a card from the local organization, Fern Tiger Associates. Aside from being beautifully crafted, it had a lot of great facts about our neighborhood of Oakland. So we thought that we would share some of the things that we learned today:
Oakland is the 8th largest city in the state and 44th in the U.S.
Rand McNally crowned Oakland as having the best weather in the nation
Oakland is the most ethnically diverse city in the nation, with more than 150 languages spoken
Oakland is comprised of more than 50 distinct neighborhoods
Oakland was the location for films such as the “Pursuit of Happyness”
Oakland has “sister cities” all over the world (see map)
We all know that Oakland is a great place, and these factoids just highlight why we love it so much!
Last week Jeff Miller – Pacific Cannery Lofts’ landscape architect and landscape sub contractor – salvaged the historic ice making equipment that will become a feature piece at the west entry to the building. Jeff describes the process:
“Thought you would all be interested in our underground work to capture the ice making equipment from the dungeon of the Icehouse building.Quite the task indeed, but very exciting to handle such tonnage... The wheel is cast iron and I estimate its weight to be 4000 lbs.The motor seems to be just about 2500 lbs itself. My thought at this time is to assemble a single large wheel and its motor in north side of the west entry ramp.The wheel will be mounted on its stainless steel axle set on a concrete base at the bottom of the ramp and the engine will sit on a concrete plinth at the top of the ramp. We will use all of the original mounting structures and bolts in the reassembly.This arrangement resembles the original positioning - the wheel sat in a channel pit in the floor of the basement. My thought is that we will gain ground space on the low end of the ramp, much like the channel pit.The diameter of the wheel is 8'-0" and it will be quite an imposing sculptural element - the motor is impressive as well and will project 5'0" into the ramp area.
Since the room that they have been living in is quite small, my assumption is that they were possibly installed first and then the building was constructed around them... I can't imagine how they got in there otherwise...It has been quite the struggle to move them out of their habitat...”
Watch the action as Cal and JT (David Baker + Partners) head from the Clocktower Lofts (2nd & Bryant, San Francisco) to the Pacific Cannery Lofts. Maybe the bridge isn't the transportation barrier people build it up to be when you're in such a well connected location....
The Oakland Tribune reports that the Central Station community will soon have access to a new grocery option provided by U.K. based grocer Tesco. The store, Fresh and Easy, focuses on creating well priced neighborhood markets. The Tribune reports:
"Fresh and Easy, the U.S. branch of U.K. grocer Tesco, signed a lease in early November with developers JLG Associates to occupy the 27,000-square-foot space previously occupied by the Eugene Market...
Tesco launched in America two years ago, testing the market for American tastes. Last month, Fresh and Easy opened 122 stores in Southern California, Phoenix and Las Vegas. The outlet in the Jack London Gateway will be its first in Northern California....
"Smaller than the usual supermarket, our neighborhood-sized stores are easily accessible and offer everything from everyday staples to gourmet items," states the chain's Web site."
The Jack London Gateway shopping center is located about 1.5 miles from the Pacific Cannery Lofts. This adds another option in addition to the Lake Merritt Whole Foods, Emeryville Trader Joe's, and Berkeley Bowl's upcoming store on Ashby.
Urban Designs, the design center for the Pacific Cannery Lofts, is looking to add a techie touch to their custom upgrade options. Check out Thomas & Nancy describing this box, the new home for their flat screen tv...
We talk a lot about courtyards, and for good reason. It's no coincidence that's where many of our most popular lofts in past projects are located.....community space, views, shading, privacy, and an overall calming and enjoyable greenspace within a greater urban environment. At the Pacific Cannery Lofts we've got more of this space than ever with 3 unique courtyards. Here are some pictures of our Clocktower Lofts, Emeryville Warehouse, and Blue Star Corner courtyards.
Who consumed the pepsi from this late 1950's/early 1960's tin pepsi can found during the initial grading at the Pacific Cannery Lofts. The Cannery, after 25 years of operation, closed during the depression so this can did not quench the thirst of one of the many ethnically diverse cannery workers employed by Cannery Founder Lew Hing. Mystery unsolved....see if the phrases below bring back any memories.
The Pepsi marketing phrase has also changed many times. The marketing folks at the company felt free to invent new phrases whenever they thought the public would be receptive to the change.
Delicious and Healthful
Twice As Much For A Nickel Too
The Light Refreshment
Now It's Pepsi For Those Who Think Young
Come Alive! You're In The Pepsi Generation
Taste That Beats The Others Cold
You've Got A Lot To Live, Pepsi's Got A Lot To Give