City of Emeryville September Highlights: AMCAL takes over Nady Project, Orton Awarded Art Center Contract

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The City of Emeryville provides a monthly progress report outlining significant developments and milestones that occurred throughout the period.

Among the highlights for the two council meetings conducted during the month of September include the selection of Orton Development to develop and operate the proposed Art Center at 4060 Hollis Street that was once the United Stamping Co. building. Orton, who were among three applicants selected as finalists, specializes in large-scale rehabilitation and redevelopment projects.

Interior of the the former United Stamping Co. on Hollis and 40th.

In addition, residential developer AMCAL has taken over the blighted “Nady” property. AMCAL will be demolishing the existing building to build a 186-unit housing project that was approved two years ago.

Please note that the summaries provided below are taken directly from the text of these reports.

September Highlights of The Month

The City Council selected Orton Development Inc. as the private partner for the Art Center Project and authorized the City Manager to negotiate an Exclusive Right to Negotiate Agreement.

The Council approved a contract with Ned Kahn for the public art piece Wind Jetty at the Emeryville Marina.

The Council decided on initial cannabis business tax rates, in anticipation of the potential passage of Measure S on the November 6 ballot, and directed staff to bring back a resolution on October 30 establishing the rates, contingent upon the passage of Measure S.

The Planning Commission approved a temporary surface parking lot at Marketplace Parcel B for a period of up to three years, until a new garage building is constructed.


The Commission also approved the addition of on-site consumption of cannabis at the East Bay Therapeutics retail cannabis dispensary that was previously approved on April 26, 2018.

Building permit applications for the final two new buildings of the Sherwin Williams project were received on September 24.

Staff continues to meet with the owners and potential buyers of the “Nady Site” at 6701 Shellmound Street in efforts to abate the blighted condition of the property.

Staff attended several conferences and training programs in September, including the Nonprofit Housing Association of Northern California’s annual conference in San Francisco, the East Bay Economic Development Alliance’s Fall Membership Meeting in Pleasanton, the California Building Officials Education Week in San Ramon, and training conducted by Alameda County staff on the new Countywide Oversight Board.

Staff participated in a number of Citywide events in September, including the “Yellow Command” Emergency Operations Center tabletop exercise, Emeryville Coastal Cleanup Day, and the Public Safety Open House and Emergency Preparedness Fair.

View the entire progress report on Emeryville.org →



September 4th Council Meeting

New City Manager (Action Item)

The City Council approved a two-year contract with Christine Daniel as the new City Manager, beginning on Monday, September 24.


The presentation for this item can be viewed above at [5:32].

Emeryville Greenway – Stanford to Powell (Consent Item)

The Council accepting as complete the Emeryville Greenway Stanford to Powell segment (also known as “Peladeau Park”) and authorized the City Engineer to file a Notice of Completion with the Alameda County Clerk.

Download the September 4th Council Meeting Agenda →



September 17th Special Study Session

Cannabis Tax Rates (Special Study Session)

In anticipation of the potential passage of Measure S on the November 6 ballot, the City Council held a study session regarding initial cannabis business tax rates. The Council reviewed information about the current status of the industry, the types of businesses currently located in Emeryville, and strategic considerations for the tax rates. The Council gave staff direction to return on October 30 with a resolution establishing initial rates, contingent upon passage of Measure S.

The presentation for this item can be viewed above.

Download the September 17th Special Council Meeting Agenda →

September 17th Council Meeting


Parking Management Consultant Contract (Consent Item)

The Council approved a contract amendment for CDM Smith, the City’s parking management consultant. The amendment adds tasks related to additional meetings and changes to the draft Parking Management Plan, as well as assistance in developing a Request for Proposals for implementation of the Plan, including installation of equipment and establishment of payment systems. The Draft Final Parking Management Plan is scheduled for consideration by the City Council on October 30.

Labor Standards Contracts (Consent Item)

The Council approved contract amendments with Mills College for labor standards outreach and education, and with The Labor Compliance Managers for labor standards administration and enforcement, extending the terms of both agreements through June 30, 2019.

The presentation for this item can be viewed above at [00:00].

Railroad Quiet Zone (Consent Item)

The Council approved a contract with CTC, Inc. for project management; environmental analysis; preliminary engineering design, plans, specifications, and estimates; and construction bidding support services for Quiet Zone safety engineering measures at the 65th, 66th, and 67th Streets railroad grade crossings.

The presentation for this item can be viewed above at [00:00].

Master Fee Schedule (Public Hearing)

The Council approved an amendment to the Master Fee Schedule for fiscal year 2018-19 to update the reference to the Emery Unified School District fees, which were recently increased, and to correct a Building Division fee that had been inadvertently overlooked in the last fee update.

The presentation for this item can be viewed above at [29:42].

Art Center (Action Item)

After hearing presentations from the three finalist teams for the development and operation of a City Art Center at 4060 Hollis Street, the City Council accepted the staff recommendation and selected Orton Development, Inc. as the private partner for the project, and authorized the City Manager to negotiate an Exclusive Right to Negotiate Agreement.


The presentation for this item can be viewed above at [30:54].

Marina Public Art (Action Item)

The City Council affirmed the Public Art Committee (PAC) recommendation to authorize a contract with Ned Kahn for a public art piece at the Emeryville Marina. Mr. Kahn’s proposal, Wind Jetty, includes the installation of a kinetic mesh along the breakwater that will undulate with the wind. Work to fabricate and install the piece is expected to commence this year, with installation in 2019.

The presentation for this item can be viewed above at [2:31:07].

Download the September 17th Council Meeting Agenda →

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