HCD’s Catalyst Project: Emeryville Public Market

HCD’s Housing Policy Development staff recently toured the Emeryville Public Market

The Emeryville Public Market is one of thirteen projects designated by HCD’s Catalyst Projects for California Sustainable Communities Pilot (CPCSS) Program for its innovative strategies for greenhouse gas reduction and sustainable land use practices. 

Emeryville Public Market is the first neighborhood development in the nation to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council.

The Bay Area Council identified the project as a critical TOD housing project in the Bay Area Economic Recovery Work plan prepared in 2009. The new site plan for the Marketplace includes 1.2 million gross square feet of new and existing space including more than 670 new residential units including 15%-20% percent low and moderate income affordable units. 

A gold level recipient, Emeryville is one of ten designees also awarded a grant from Prop 1C funds under the Catalyst Projects for California Sustainable Communities Pilot (CPCSS) Program. The grant made possible development of the Public Market’s forthcoming Green Living Room; a green building, recycling and environmental management demonstration project.

In partnership with the project owner and developer, TMG Partners, the world-renowned San Francisco Exploratorium, the City will also create and document best practices in green infill development as part of fulfilling its funding requirements.

Photographs of the project site and information about the Public Market and other catalyst designees can be accessed through the Department’s CatalystCommunities wiki, or by visiting the Emeryville Public Market’s own web page.