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790 De Long Ave. and 900 Reichert Ave., Novato; www.millworksnovato.com
Owner: Downtown Novato Investors, a partnership between San Francisco-based Pacific Coast Capital Partners and Signature Properties of Pleasanton
Developer: Signature Properties
Description: Six-story, mixed-use development on nearly three acres with 124 residences ranging in size from 709-square-foot one-bedroom flats to 1,945-square-foot three-bedroom and den townhomes in a four-story structure around and above a 39,000-square-foot street-level Whole Foods Market store
Completion: residences – May 2009; store – April 2010
Contractors: general – Signature Properties; electrical – Royal Electric, Sacramento; plumbing – CJS Plumbing; framing – Etter and Sons Construction, Pleasanton; concrete – RJS & Associates, Hayward
Architecture: structure – HKIT Architects, Oakland; landscape – Van Dorn Abed Landscape Architects, San Francisco
Engineering: civil – CSW Stuber/Stroeh, Novato; structural – LS Mason & Associates, Lafayette
Lender: Wells Fargo Bank
Cost: $80 million
Apartment rents: $2,100 a month (average)
Tenants: Whole Foods Market, residents
Property management: FPI Management, Folsom
The 124 condominiums turned apartments in the Millworks mixed-use project were completed last year, but the Whole Foods Market grocery store is set to open on Earth Day, April 22.
The City Council approved the project, rated for green-building features by the GreenPoint standard, in 2006 and construction started in 2008.
The project is breathing new life into historical downtown Novato, according to Ron Gerber, who is in charge of city redevelopment and economic development. The store is doubling the amount of shop and restaurant space among the 84 properties in the seven blocks of Grant Avenue, and the store will be open 90 hours a week instead of the typical 40 at many existing shops.
"It will double the square footage and be open more than twice as many hours," Mr. Gerber said.
The store will employ about 130 and is becoming actively involved with the Downtown Novato Business Association. There could be up to 300 residents in the units when fully leased.
The units were advertised for sale before the strategy shifted in July to leasing after only two units sold. So far 60 percent are leased, at a rate of about 15 a month, according to Signature Properties President Mike Ghielmetti.
Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center replacement hospital
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975 Sereno Dr., Vallejo
Owner and developer: Kaiser Permanente, Oakland
Description: five-story hospital with 458,000 square feet, including 188 patient rooms (128 for medical/surgery, 24 for intensive care and 36 for rehabilitation), 38 emergency treatment bays, two rehabilitation gyms plus exterior courtyard, 10 operating rooms, Radiology Department (with interventional, CT, X-ray and mammography services). Also included was a two-story, 33,400 square-foot central utility plant.