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Pacific Commons is a master-planned, mixed-use development consisting of 840 acres in Fremont, California currently in development by Catellus Development Corporation. It sits on part of the site of what was once the Fremont Dragstrip/Baylands Raceway Park and the Skyways Airport, a glider field. Given Fremont's location at the Northern tip of Silicon Valley, Catellus originally planned the development to house primarily high-tech research and development operations with a moderate amount of retail and restaurant space, a convention center, and a hotel. Until the dot-com bubble, Cisco Systems had planned to relocate its headquarters to Pacific Commons and consolidate substantially all of its San Francisco Bay Area operations to a large campus in Pacific Commons, which would have consisted of several high-rise office buildings. With the downturn in the technology industry, however, Cisco put its plans on hold. While it is unclear whether Cisco will ultimately relocate its headquarters to Fremont, in 2011 Cisco purchased 149 acres of vacant land in Fremont, most of it from Catellus, fueling speculation that, at some point, it will move forward with its headquarters move to Pacific Commons.
To mitigate environmental impacts caused by the massive of the project, Catellus donated hundreds of acres of land along the southern and western boundaries of Pacific Commons to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Further environmental mitigation involved building a causeway as a portion of Cushing Parkway over the wetlands preserve from Pacific Commons southward to Fremont Boulevard and Interstate 880 near the Fremont Marriott Hotel. Today, Pacific Commons contains more than one million square feet of research and development and industrial space, including a half-million square-foot distribution center for Office Depot. More than one hundred acres of land slated for research and development uses remains undeveloped.
Pacific Commons Retail District
A large portion of Pacific Commons was re-entitled by the City of Fremont to retail use in early 2004, and by October of that year Catellus opened the regional shopping center. The shopping district, a hybrid regional shopping center, retail power center, and lifestyle center, is anchored Costco, Lowe's Home Improvement, Kohl's Department Store, Target, Toys "R" Us/Babies "R" Us, and Nordstrom Rack, as well as several other national retailers. There are also junior anchor national chain stores, including DSW Shoes, Old Navy, Bassett Furniture, Ashlee Furniture, Staples, Any Mountain, and Jo-Ann Fabrics. In addition, a number of restaurants and eateries operate locations at Pacific Commons, including PF Changs China Bistro, Claim Jumper, Market Broiler, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and In-N-Out Burger.
A major expansion of the retail district opened in March 2012. The expansion is a shopping and entertainment sub-district called The Block @ Pacific Commons and includes a lifestyle center atmosphere anchored by Target and a 16-screen Century Theater. The Block also features a promenade consisting of shops, restaurants and eateries leading from the Target store to the theater. The shop frontage along Pacific Commons Boulevard is about the sidewalks, giving it a downtown feel.
After The Block @ Pacific Commons was completed, the Pacific Commons retail district now contains just under 1,200,000 sq ft (110,000 m2) of gross leasable space on 106 acres (43 ha) and is the largest shopping center in Southern Alameda County.
Current and Planned Anchor Tenants
- Lowe's(168,000 sq ft (15,600 m2), opened 2004)
- Costco (149,000 sq ft (13,800 m2), opened 2005)
- Target (138,000 sq ft (12,800 m2), opened 2012)
- Kohl's (98,000 sq ft (9,100 m2), opened 2004)
- Century Theater (68,000 sq ft (6,300 m2), 3,005 Seats, opened 2012)
- Toys "R" Us/Babies "R" Us (48,050 sq ft (4,464 m2), opened 2011)
- TJ Maxx/HomeGoods (44,433 sq ft (4,128.0 m2), opened 2013)
- Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts (35,395 sq ft (3,288.3 m2))
- Nordstrom Rack (34,000 sq ft (3,200 m2), opened 2010)
Current Junior Anchor Tenants
- DSW Shoes (26,000 sq ft (2,400 m2), opened 2004)
- Staples (20,451 sq ft (1,900.0 m2))
- Basset Furniture (17,000 sq ft (1,600 m2))
- Old Navy (16,800 sq ft (1,560 m2))
- Claim Jumper
- Cold Stone Creamery
- Dickey's Barbecue Pit
- Five Guys Burgers & Fries
- In-N-Out Burger
- Jamba Juice
- Market Broiler
- Panda Express
- Panera Bread
- PF Chang's China Bistro
- The Prolific Oven
- Rubio's Fresh Mex
- Tapioca Express
- Vida Y Vino Wine Bistro
- Ohana Hawaiian BBQ
- Premier Pizza
In April 2006, A's owner Lewis Wolff first took a modified version of his so-called Ballpark Village proposal, Cisco Field, to the city of Fremont where a large 143-acre (0.6 km2) parcel of land was available just north of Mission Boulevard and south of Auto Mall Parkway off Interstate 880 in Pacific Commons. Most of the land has since been purchased by Cisco Systems. The land had been purchased in the late 90's in anticipation of company growth by Cisco that never occurred due to the dot com bust. Additional land was also purchased by Lewis Wolff's development group to bring the total land up to approximately 240 acres (1.0 km2) at the ballpark village site.
The development plan
The plan called for the 240 acres (1.0 km2) to be developed into a combination of commercial, retail, and residential spaces in addition to the construction of a 34,000-seat baseball only facility. It will be the smallest stadium in Major League Baseball. The planned development is similar to the Santana Row development in nearby San Jose, California with the addition of the baseball park. The planned name for the park is Cisco Field as first announced by the Fremont city council after meeting with Wolff on November 8, 2006. The stadium will be privately financed primarily from sales of the surrounding "ballpark village" residential and commercial properties to offset the cost of the stadium. The site plan proposes 520,000 square feet (48,000 m2) of commercial space adjacent to the ballpark, and would include a hotel, restaurant, movie theater and several parking garages of varying size. Its plans also call for 2,900 homes. More than 580 of those residences — including 12 each behind the left- and right-field bleachers — would be sprinkled into retail space north and east of Cisco Field, a 32,000-seat stadium with an estimated $450 million price tag.
In addition, 2,318 town homes would be built on 115 acres (0.5 km2) south and west of the ballpark. The housing will be built in phases, and designs show that a 41-acre (170,000 m2) team-owned parcel would provide nearly 6,000 parking spaces until the town homes are built there. The earliest the stadium would open is for the 2011 season.
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