Transit Oriented Development: Emeryville, CA

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The development of the Emeryville Amtrak Station and the surrounding office, retail and residential uses provides a unique example of a long-term, multiphase redevelopment oriented around transit. This 20-acre mixed-use development known as EmeryStation sits on a former brownfield site and includes new construction as well as reuse of old industrial buildings.

Emeryville Amtrak Station ( Amtrak )

City: Emeryville ( pop: 6,882 )

County: Alameda ( pop: 1,443,741 )

Wareham Development, the property owner, began redeveloping the area in the early 1980s by converting industrial buildings to residential lofts and commercial and R&D space. Wareham's current round of redevelopment was precipitated by Amtrak's interest in opening a station in Emeryville. Wareham developed the train station in 1995 and in 1998 began construction on EmeryStation Plaza, a three building, 550,000 square foot mixed-use complex surrounding the Amtrak station. The project includes: two mid-rise office building totaling approximately 450,000 square feet and a building, that will consist of 101 condos atop a multi-level parking garage. Eventually, approximately 30,000 square feet of space in the office buildings is expected to be leased as ground floor retail, although some of this space is currently renting to office tenants. At build-out, the investment in EmeryStation is estimated to total $200 million.Plans for this Station Area: There is not a station area specific plan. The city had instituted mixed-use zoning in the station area and allowed density bonuses.

Primary Transit Agency for this Station Area: Amtrak
Primary Transit Type for this Station Area: Commuter Rail