The project will be built in phases and, once complete, will feature approximately 600 units. The first phase, which is located along Pringle Ave. will break ground in 2019 and includes 358 units and approximately 15,000 square feet of retail space. The units will include studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments. Project amenities will include a station-inspired Great Hall lounge and co-working space, pool and spa, rooftop deck, dining room, children’s play room, bike repair lounge, fitness center and more. The building is oriented around the Pringle Passage, which is open to the public and allows access to the station from Pringle Ave. The project also includes on-site underground parking for residents, guests and retail uses.
The second phase, located on the corner of N. California Blvd. and Ygnacio Valley Road will contain 238 units and approximately 12,000 square feet of retail space and is anticipated to break ground in 2020.
With a dense concentration of premier eateries and lifestyle amenities, Walnut Creek has long been established as the East Bay’s premier retail destination. Anchored by Broadway Plaza, the City’s downtown provides a unique walkable retail-centric environment creating a vibrant urban center which attracts patrons from throughout the Bay Area. National stores such as Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom mix with locally owned businesses. Walnut Creek has continued to expand its significant retail, culture, and nightlife options to include Neiman Marcus, Apple, Tiffany & Company, Tesla, and Whole Foods, among many others.
CONNECTIVITY TO THE ENTIRE BAY AREA
Walnut Creek Transit Village is located directly on the Walnut Creek Bay Area Rapid Transit (“BART”) Station, fronting I-680 at the intersection of Ygnacio Valley Road and N. California Boulevard. The Project’s proximity to BART, the Bay Area’s premier public transportation system, as well as I-680 and CA-24, two of the most heavily traveled transportation routes in the East Bay, will offer residents outstanding commuter access to the entire Bay Area and its major employers. The Iron Horse Regional Trail, connecting the cities of Concord and Dublin, can be accessed 0.7 miles from the Project. Covering 55 miles, the Iron Horse Regional Trail is designated for pedestrians, bicyclists and horseback riders. Just a 15-minute walk from the Project, the multi-use, whole-access trail allows residents a path to walk or bike on a safe, automobile-free thoroughfare.
With a 90+ Walk Score, Downtown Walnut Creek has established itself as a model of urban redevelopment in Northern California and as the retail, entertainment and employment capital of the East Bay. Located in the hub of Contra Costa County, Walnut Creek is the ultimate community with fine dining, shopping, arts and entertainment. Drawing on its central location at the intersection of BART, CA-24, and I-680, as well as its neighboring cities Lafayette, Danville, and San Ramon, Walnut Creek ranked 11th on Livability’s 2016 list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S., scoring high for its amenities, education options and health care. The City enjoys attractive public spaces, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation in its sixteen parks and amazing 3,000-plus acres of open, undeveloped space dedicated to wildlife preservation, outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, and programs that range from historical tours to “Frog Fanatics.” The City’s much-admired, eclectic restaurant scene landed it on Livability’s 10 Best Foodie Cities list, which noted a dining community that favors locally owned establishments over chains. Walnut Creek’s range of vibrant dining options continues to expand with several restaurants highly rated by the Zagat Guide and Wine Spectator, including national upscale outlets as well as local boutique favorites. Already host to several restaurants rated 4.5 or better on the new Zagat Guide rating scale, including the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winning Prima Ristorante and newcomer Rooftop featuring former Iron Chef competitor and Slanted Door alumnus, Justine Kelly Walnut Creek’s dining scene continues to flourish.
BART COMMUTE TIMES FROM WALNUT CREEK
Oakland - 12th Street / City Center (Downtown): 22 Minutes
San Francisco - Embarcadero Station (Financial District): 33 Minutes
Oakland International Airport (OAK): 50 Minutes
San Francisco International Airport (SFO): 65 Minutes
BAY AREA RAPID TRANSIT
Encompasses 107 miles of railways connecting 45 stations across 4 counties
BART serves 421,000 riders per day and over 55,000 riders during peak commuting hours
BART’s Pittsburg/Bay Point line carries the highest number of weekday commuters
The next phase of construction is commencing on the Walnut Creek Transit Village on the former BART parking lot facing Pringle Ave. The Project is a privately-owned development comprised of 358 apartment units, approximately 15,000 square feet of retail space and on-site underground parking for residents, guests and retail uses. The fenced-off parking area on N. California Blvd. will be used for construction offices and material storage. The construction of this project and the associated road and utility work on Pringle Ave. and Riviera Ave. is anticipated to last approximately 30 months.
During this phase of project construction, access to the station, parking garages and bus intermodal will not be modified and the existing pedestrian access from the corner of N. California Blvd. and Ygnacio Valley Road to the station will remain open. Minor pedestrian path adjustments will be made to ensure pedestrian safety. There will be no interruption in BART service. To ensure the safety of the public, work crews and BART staff, please be mindful of traffic control persons, signage and fencing securing construction areas.
Your cooperation and patience are appreciated as the Walnut Creek BART station completes this next stage of transformation into a Transit Village.
For additional project information see frequently asked questions below.
Access to the Passenger Loading Zone is available from N. California Blvd., Pringle Ave. and Ygnacio Valley Road. Station access for pedestrians is from Ygnacio Valley Road, N. California Blvd. and Pringle Ave. Bicycle access is available from Ygnacio Valley Road and the west access road via the new bicycle path from the southwest and Pringle Ave. from the north. Access to the existing North Garage is from the north via Pringle Ave. and Riviera Ave., and from Ygnacio Valley Road via the west access road. Access to the New South Garage is available from Ygnacio Valley Road at the east and west entries. There is no passenger loading allowed in the garages.
Please see map below for more information.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Frank Arthur - Managing Partner
Transit Village Associates
TVA was the original developer of the Walnut Creek Transit Village and is a founding member of the current Walnut Creek Transit Lifestyle Associates. Mr. Arthur began the development process for the Walnut Creek Transit Village in 1999 and continues as a principal in the project. He has over 30 years of experience in commercial real estate development, management, leasing and sales. He was President of Western Center Management Associates, a subsidiary of a Northern California Shopping Center Development Company. He was Vice President of Bramalea Pacific, the Developer of the Oakland City Center Transit Oriented Development at the 12th Street BART station in downtown Oakland. Mr. Arthur was also the land acquisition and development consultant for the Cathedral of Christ the Light on Lake Merritt in Oakland and continues as the Real Estate Consultant to the Diocese of Oakland.
Brad Blake - Managing Partner
Blake | Griggs Properties
Mr. Blake is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blake Griggs Properties. Mr. Blake has been involved in the development of more than $1 Billion of retail and mixed-use projects over the past 30 years. Mr. Blake was a founder and CEO of Blake Hunt Ventures, Chairman and CEO of publicly traded Western Properties Trust, Senior Vice President of Spieker Properties, and a Partner with Spieker Partners. Mr. Blake is on the board of directors and investment committee of the Bailard Real Estate Investment Trust. Mr. Blake holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Brad Griggs - Managing Partner
Blake | Griggs Properties
Mr. Griggs is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Blake Griggs Properties. Mr. Griggs has developed more than $3.5 billion of real estate investment totaling over 7,500 apartment units, 40 extended-stay hotels, and 2,000 for-sale residential homes. He also has acquired and sold for either his own account or that of companies he has work for more than $1 billion of existing apartment communities and land parcels. Mr. Griggs was the former Executive Vice President/Chief Investment Officer for the publicly traded REIT BRE Properties, Inc. and Senior Vice President with Security Capital Group’s Homestead Village. Mr. Griggs is a full member of Urban Land Institute and holds a degree in Architecture from California Polytechnic School at San Luis Obispo, and is a licensed California State Architect.