Emeryville Public Market's 'green living room' showcases sustainability
The Emeryville Public Market now features a "green living room."
The Public Market in Emeryville features an international food court, shops, office space, coffee places and now, a “green living room.”
San Francisco’s Exploratorium partnered with the property’s owners to create an exhibit explaining various sustainability features incorporated in the Public Market. It is the museum’s first exhibit outside of own its facilities and also the first with a private partner.
City Center Realty Partners and Angelo Gordon recently bought the 14-acre property from TMG Partners, but TMG Partners has stayed on as an investor for the project, which is entitled for a massive redevelopment that will transform it from a car-centric complex to a dense, urban neighborhood.
The goal of the redevelopment project, which has been in the works for several years, was to not only to maximize the property, but also infuse it with progressive sustainabilty practices, said Denise Pinkston, a partner with TMG Partners.
In 2010, the project was awarded a $1.35 Million California Catalyst Communities Grant to model sustainability best practices state-wide. In the year prior to selling the property, TMG Partners revamped the site with new tenants, landscaping and storefront facades.
“The development will take about 20 years to build,” she said. “It’s a big honor for Emeryville to have a Catalyst project in their city and they wanted to do something visible and tangible ... We decided to work witt the best science explainer in the Bay Area, which is the Exploratorium.”
The exhibit explains sustainability features such as the use of reclaimed and recylced materials that TMG Partners used a few years ago to redo the facade and public areas of the market, which gets about 3,000 visitors per day.
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