The O’Hare Express Center is a 945,000-square-foot air cargo facility constructed on the grounds of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport by CenterPoint Properties. The 50-acre project is the first privately developed facility permitted at O’Hare, and it represents an advance in public/private sector partnering for airport-related industrial development. To date, four of the six planned office/warehouse structures have been completed, for such major air shippers as Burlington Air, DHL, Inc., Air Canada, and Alliance Air.
Morgan Woods is a 60-unit workforce housing project in the resort community of Edgartown, Massachusetts, on Martha’s Vineyard. The developer, the Community Builders, in a partnership with the leaders of Edgartown, was able to create affordable rental options for the town’s workforce through a creative land deal, modular construction, and progressive zoning. The 21-building residential community stands as a model for other resort towns, which often encounter affordable housing shortages.
Located on the edge of Boston’s historic Beacon Hill district, 100 Cambridge Street/Bowdoin Place is a mixed-use development composed of a new five-story retail and residential structure that wraps around a renovated 22-story government office tower (formerly known as the Leverett Saltonstall Building) constructed in 1965. Developed by quasi-public entity MassDevelopment, the project blends 34,500 square feet (3,205 square meters) of street-level shops with 56 market-rate condominiums, 19 units of affordable housing, and 580,000 square feet (53,882 square meters) of office space–floors two through 12 of the office building are dedicated to commonwealth uses and floors 13 through 22 contain Class A office space for private sector tenants. The project also comprises a 400-space underground garage that provides parking for tenants, shoppers, and workers.
The Grove is a 575,000-square-foot (53,417-square-meter), open-air retail and entertainment center adjacent to the historic Farmers Market in Los Angeles, California. The success of The Grove is attributable to the synergy among its entertainment-focused uses — a 14-theater cineplex, a range of sit-down restaurants that are unique to the area, a three-level Barnes and Noble bookstore, and a complement of major retailers — all placed within an architecturally friendly outdoor, protected, and communal environment. In retailing terms, The Grove has three heavyweight anchors — the 70-shop Farmers Market on one end, a flagship Nordstrom on the other, and the aforementioned 3,000-seat cinema, replete with revolving blade sign and marquee, at its center. Completed in 2002, the center, in just a year of operations, has posted visitor patronage levels exceeding those of Disneyland in nearby Orange County.
The Cobb Apartments is a 91-unit redevelopment of a historic beaux arts building in downtown Seattle that contains a mix of 17 studios, 54 one-bedroom apartments, 18 two-bedroom apartments, and two penthouses. The developer, Unico Properties, owns and manages the property with a long-term ground lease from the University of Washington. Expected to obtain LEED-Silver certification, the development includes a number of sustainable features such as a hybrid heat pump system, low-emissivity windows, and recycled construction materials.
In Irvine, California–the heart of affluent Orange County–Montecito Vista is a 162-unit garden-style apartment complex that is home to those earning between 30 and 50 percent of the area median income. Developed by Jamboree Housing Corporation, a nonprofit housing firm, the seven three-story walk-up buildings are sited on 7.03 acres (2.84 hectares) of land leased from the Irvine Company. Providing much-needed residential alternatives, the two- and three-bedroom units rent from $461 to $1,190 per month, which is less than the median gross rent of $1,272 for the county.
The Avenue at White Marsh is a 300,000-square-foot (27,870-square-meter) “main street” ù retail center in the heart of a 2,000-acre (809-hectare) planned community in a middle-market demographic area northeast of the city of Baltimore. At the time planning started for The Avenue, the White Marsh community had been in development by Nottingham Properties– “a local land developer with large private landholdings– “since 1972. It consisted of a market-leading Rouse Company regional shopping mall, residential neighborhoods of for-sale and rental attached and detached housing, a power center, hotels, office parks, and scattered pad sites, almost all on ground leases. The Avenue re-creates a five-block-long main street with angled-in parking, wide tree-lined sidewalks, and one-story retail and restaurants anchored by a 16-screen multiplex cinema. The main street is intersected by four cross-streets, which help distribute parking for almost 2,500 cars among the surface lots that are out of sight from The Avenue’s main street.
A 350,000-square-foot urban entertainment center on a 2.75-acre site in downtown San Francisco. Developed by Millennium Partners and WDG Ventures, the project is located within the 87-acre Yerba Buena Center. Within the first few months of its opening in June 1999, Metreon attracted some 2.5 million visitors. As many as 40,000 people have visited on peak-period weekends. The four-level project offers amusements, games, shopping, restaurants, a food court, and cinemas — including a 600-seat SONY-IMAX theater, the largest of its type on the West Coast — enlivening the evening activity of the Yerba Buena Gardens neighborhood.
The Walk is an outdoor outlet shopping center that occupies approximately eight blocks in Atlantic City’s downtown. Centered on North Michigan Avenue, it connects the city’s convention center and the famed Boardwalk. Its 320,000 square feet (29,729 square meters) of retail and restaurant space on 15 acres (six hectares) allow visitors to walk to and from Atlantic City’s gateway to the destination that most tourists seek: the Boardwalk and its casinos.
A 1.1 million-square-foot power center with 16 anchor tenants and 69 smaller shops. Located on land leased from the Salt River Pima–Maricopa Indian Community, Scottsdale Pavilions has pioneered the emerging regional power center concept and demonstrated the design and retailing possibilities of large-format discount centers.