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District Panel Talk: A Ballpark for Everyone.  Tuesday, September 26th, 6:00 PM at Original Pattern Brewing, 292 4th Street. With: Jeff Bellisario, Bay Area Council &...

In a segment hosted by Great Big Story, we learned that the Oakland Zookeepers make use of Jack London's Wholesale Produce Market. In the video,...

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Oakland leaders look to clean up Jack London District

Paul Chambers/KTVU.com

(OAKLAND, CA) — Leaders in Oakland's Jack London District are cracking down on crime and keeping its streets clean all at the same time.

Wearing neon green uniforms, maintenance and safety ambassadors are walking the streets clean up the area as well as provide a very important service.

"They'll provide safety escorts between any two destinations in the district. They interact with people smile greet them," says Savlan Hauser Executive Director of Jack London Improvement District.

The ambassadors program came to Jack London District a little more than two months ago. They patrol from Sixth Street down to the water and from Brush to Fallon Streets. The purpose is to help beautify the area, as well as make people coming to Jack London feel safe.

The nonprofit program is run by Jack London Improvement District which was created three months ago. It's based out of the former Urban Blend Cafe on Broadway. There hours of operation are from 6 a.m., until 11 p.m. So far crews say they have picked up more than 34,000 pounds of trash, cleaned up more than 7,000 graffiti stickers and have had interactions with more than 11,000 people. The ambassadors are also working to improve the Interstate 880 underpass. They also provide services to those in need by having regular engagement with the homeless.

The ambassadors say just by simply being in the area, its deterred break-ins. "A lot of times folks tend to get dropped off and start casing cars. So a lot of times ambassadors start noticing this behavior and they'll just roll by. A simple presence of a radio and a bright shirt have people thinking twice," Carlos Paz of Jack London Improvement District.

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Austin Group Proposes 48-Unit Apartment Complex in Jack London

(JACK LONDON, Oakland) Here's the project description from Developer: The Austin Group LLC is pleased to present The Mirador (n. a turret or tower attached to a building and providing an extensive view) a proposed mixed-use project at the key corner of Broadway and 2nd Street in the Jack London District of Oakland . It is a goal of the design for the project relate to the imagery of the existing Jack London fabric while making its own unique statement. 

The Mirador consists of ~3,000 sf of ground level, street retail and six levels above consisting of 48 two bedroom apartments. The project also includes car stacked parking of ~48-62 potential car stalls, including electric car charging options. The seven story project is anticipated to be ~85’ tall with a roof deck garden to provide opportunity for resident gathering and take advantage of the beautiful views. It is also contemplated that a condo conversion map will be placed on the project.

Architecturally the current design cues come from the surrounding Jack London neighborhood, including used brick, board form concrete, stucco and metal windows and balconies. Another important project design element is the prominent elevator tower just around the corner on 2nd Street that will be open from the ground level to the seventh floor terminating with an architectural metal element on the roof. An exciting pedestrian experience has been envisioned, incorporating a rhythm of architectural forms, with metal garage doors opening to the public sidewalk…to engage the pedestrian traffic and the building. Lastly, the goal of this retail design is to pull residents, pedestrians and visitors from Embarcadero up Broadway and enhance the retail environment for these 2-3 blocks. 

 Project Amenities and Community Benefits:

- Green Building: GreenPoint Equivalent of LEED Gold
- Housing: 48 transit-oriented and sustainable infill housing units
- Retail: ~3,000 sf of pedestrian-oriented retail at this critical intersection
- Economic: Substantial increase in property tax and retail revenues generated for the District
- Climate Action: Electric car, micro-car, and bicycle encouragement

JL GLASS 042015

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Oakland Supply Co. - Store Grand Opening in Jack London District

(JACK LONDON, Oakland)—On May 3rd, 2014, Oakland Supply Co., a new Oaklandish concept shop, will host a grand opening reception for the neighborhood and community stakeholders. Oakland Supply Co. is located at 291 3rd Street, in the historic Oakland Waterfront Warehouse District.

In an effort to highlight the significance of American manufacturing, the shop will showcase the finest local wares from Oakland, California, as well as a selection of premium American-made goods. The shop will stock a wide variety of leather goods, jewelry and accessories, grooming and beauty, tools, plus kitchen and artisan food products.

OpeningPartyFlyer-FB_small.jpgOakland Supply Co. comes from the team at Oaklandish, Oakland’scivic pride apparel line. Oaklandish started in 2000 as a public art project celebrating “local love and original Oakland charm.” From this project sprang a calendar of free public events, a grant program supporting local nonprofits, and a line of hand-printed civic pride apparel sold at farmers’ markets and festivals. In July 2011, Oaklandish opened a retail store at 1444 Broadway, in the heart of downtown Oakland. In November 2013, Oaklandish opened a second location in the Dimond District at 3419 Fruitvale Avenue.

Located in the historic American Bag Co. annex, the inspiration for Oakland Supply Co. comes from the rich industrial heritage of the Jack London District in Oakland. By showcasing premium American-made goods, Oakland Supply Co. hopes to not only support the creation of more quality manufacturing jobs in the US, but also to move American consumerism towards a culture of craftsmanship and quality, rather than disposability.

The grand opening reception is open to the public and will take place from 12 – 5pm on Saturday, May 3rd, at 291 3rd Street. Chop Bar, located at 247 4th Street, will sponsor food and drinks, including a pig roast.

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