The project began as a new generic convenience store to replace a building that comprised a three bay repair shop with small food kiosk at an existing fueling station site.The site had been previously identified as an “opportunity site” in a 2009 consultant study. This meant that the business community and the City Hall staff along with the Planning Board and City Council were eager to see something substantial happen at this site and do what was necessary to make the project happen and support the district.
The original plan from the owner was to tuck the new building into the back corner of the lot but, with encouragement from the City of Alameda Planning Board, the owner decided to locate the new building on the Webster Street frontage. This gives the historic business district a new “infill” building and promotes a better pedestrian experience. The owner was also willing to upgrade the exterior finishes to a brick veneer, vs stucco, which further supported the historic nature of the street.
Circle K was eventually chosen as the operator of the store and prepared a neon signage package that continued the historic theme.
The location of the building on the site, the site traffic issues, and aesthetic direction of the new structure were the result of a large number of participants, including the West Alameda Business Association, City of Alameda community development staff, public works and many others, working towards a common goal with the ability to create solutions where difficulties were present.
Consultants on the project were:Daniel Hoy, AIA, Architect,
Terry Grayson, Iron Horse, CM
Fehr & Peers, Transportation Engineering
Feyerabend & Madden Landscape
Architecture & Garden Design
Zeiger Engineering, Electrical Engineering
Gabel Associates, Building Energy Analysis
Mike Hopper, Hopper Design + Illustration
Geotech Underground Utility Service
DPC Consulting Engineers, Inc., HVAC
Lou Xiao, Structural Engineering
David Widelock Landscape Design
Robertson Engineering, Inc., Civil Engineer
Dreier Fire Protection Inc.
General Contractor – the Owner