Mixed-Use Developer Catellus Sets up Shop in Jack London Square

Oakland, CA – Ellis Partners LLC today announced that Catellus Development Group, a ProLogis Company, has chosen Jack London Square for its East Bay office. The master developer, previously located in Old Oakland, has relocated to the city’s historic waterfront.

“We’re delighted with our space,” said Catellus VP of Property Management the for the company’s Mixed Use Region, Anni Chapman. “Being in the business of mixed-use development ourselves, we’re quite familiar with the expertise and care needed to create the right environment for a customer. From the management team to the contractors, everyone involved in the process has been on the top of their game.”

“We take great pride in caring for our tenants’ needs,” said Ellis Partners Principal and Co-founder, Jim Ellis, “so it means a great deal to receive the highest praise an industry peer can give – they’ve entrusted us as their landlord.”

Based in Denver, Colorado, Catellus is nationally recognized for its innovative and sustainable mixed-use and retail developments. Focusing on former airports, closed military bases and vacated manufacturing sites, Catellus’ projects work to create thriving economic centers in spaces that are often neglected or underutilized. Their work spans the country, with projects from San Francisco’s Mission Bay to New Jersey’s Teterboro redevelopment project.

The company’s new office will bring together staff previously located in Catellus’ Fremont and Oakland locations. Jack London Square’s central location and readily available parking made Oakland’s waterfront an ideal fit for a workforce drawn from all parts of the Bay Area. Access to transportation was also essential and, being within easy reach of BART, ferry service and the highway, Jack London Square fit the bill.

An added benefit is the office’s proximity to Catellus’s newest development project, Alameda Landing, which lies just across the water from their 7,400 square foot space in Jack London Square’s 66 Franklin Street. Once home to the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Industrial Supply Center, Alameda Landing is now destined to become a 97-acre, mixed-use development that brings new housing as well as office and retail space to the area. By restoring some of the existing car barns and warehouses on the former naval site, Catellus will build on the area’s maritime history to create a new mixed-use, sustainable community that links Alameda to Oakland and the greater San Francisco Bay Area by both land and water.

“The views from our new office are outstanding,” added Chapman. “It’s a pleasure to be able to watch two unique developments, Jack London Square and Alameda Landing, taking shape before our eyes.”

Jack London Square itself is currently undergoing a $300 million, 1 million square foot redevelopment which figures to place the Square as the East Bay’s newest center of gravity for culture, cuisine, and commerce. Among the new construction is the Jack London Market; a 170,000 SF mixed-use building which will includes a two story public market housing a variety eateries and as many as 70 vendors of artisanal food and produce. The market, set to be the largest on the West Coast, is expected to open in early 2009.

About Ellis Partners:
Ellis Partners LLC was founded in 1993 for the purpose of acquiring and developing commercial real estate properties. The firm has a long history of championing and completing architecturally significant renovation and development projects. For more information, visit www.ellispartners.com.

Catellus Development Group, a company of ProLogis, specializes in large-scale development projects that involve brownfield sites, military bases, former airports and other locations suited for mixed-use. Catellus’ expertise covers all aspects of mixed-use master development, including planning and entitlement, public infrastructure and amenities, tax-increment financing, environmental remediation, community relations and sustainable design. Catellus also has extensive experience developing retail centers with local and national retail customers. Sample Catellus projects include the Mission Bay development in San Francisco; the Mueller airport redevelopment in Austin, Texas; Alameda Landing in Alameda, California, and Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California.  For additional information about the company, go to www.catellus.com.