Contra Costa Centre / by urbanexus

While at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) conference held in San Francisco in November 2009, ULI’s Transit Oriented Development Council studied Contra Costa Centre.  This is a transit oriented development that is under construction adjacent to the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station in Pleasant Hill, California—about 25 miles east of downtown San Francisco. This project has been in the works for decades. The station was constructed in 1970 and was the locus of the test track for the BART system which opened for service in 1972. The briefers included: Steve Wilson, Senior Vice President of AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Jeff White, Senior Development Director at AvalonBay Communities; John Rennels, Principal Property Development Officer for Bay Area Rapid Transit, and; Jim Kennedy, Redevelopment Director for the Contra Costa County Department of Conservation and Development.  Thanks to them for their hospitality and candid presentation.

Photos from the briefing and site tour are posted at:

Here are several PDF files containing background information and briefing materials:

Contra Costa Centre - 2008-06-21 - Building a Heart (P&P - James Kennedy)

Contra Costa Centre - 2008-07-15 - Press release

Contra Costa Centre - 2009-03-01 - Fact Sheet

Contra Costa Centre - 2009-11-04 - BART information

Contra Costa Centre - 2008-07-27 - Groundbreaking flyer