Ellis Partners Provides Vision for the Future of The Pruneyard in Campbell, CA

Ellis Partners outlines its ideas for renovation and improvement with City of Campbell Council and Staff.

Campbell, CA – Today, Ellis Partners submitted a series of documents to the City Council and staff to provide background on its vision for upgrades to the Campbell retail, commercial and hotel environment.  The documents provide the beginning of a view to the future at the 27-acre mixed use landmark asset located in the heart of Campbell, CA.  Today, The Pruneyard is comprised of over 365,000 square feet of office space, over 250,000 square feet of retail space and the 171-room Doubletree (Hilton) hotel. Ellis recently acquired the property in the fall of 2014.

Located at the intersection of Campbell and Bascom Avenues only a quarter mile from thriving downtown Campbell, immediately accessible from State Route 17, and proximate to some of Silicon Valley’s highest profile residential neighborhoods including Willow Glen, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Cupertino, and Los Altos, The Pruneyard is well-positioned for growth. Ellis Partners will draw on its experience with other properties including Town and Country Village in Palo Alto to make thoughtful upgrades that preserve and enhance the character of the property while allowing it to thrive in a very different retail environment compared to last time the property was renovated over 20 years ago.

“People now more than ever are looking for shopping experiences that offer social engagement, which is enhanced by well-designed and inviting community gathering places that offer more varied and unique amenities,” said James Ellis, Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Ellis Partners. “Our goal will be to enhance The Pruneyard as an authentic and unique destination where people of the West Valley come to gather, shop, dine, recreate and work,” he added.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the Campbell community,” said Melinda Ellis Evers, Managing Principal who co-founded Ellis Partners with her brother James. “Ellis Partners is a regional, family-owned company with decades of experience in managing important community assets. We are working with best-in-class consultants and contractors to create a vision for The Pruneyard that reflects the Campbell community’s needs and values.”

Ellis, in collaboration with the City and staff has presented materials to help accomplish the following goals:

  • Improve the competitive position in the West Valley marketplace with significantly increased sales revenue, which is an important source of tax revenue for the City of Campbell.
  • Reinforce The Pruneyard as a community gathering place with major upgrades to existing plazas that would integrate with existing and new restaurants and cafes along with construction of new common areas that would contain interactive art elements for children and seating areas for socializing.
  • Provide expanded parking facilities, improve vehicular circulation, and optimize the management of parking resources, while at the same time enhancing the experience of pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Thoughtfully expand retail and office building areas to improve the overall vitality of the center while maintaining the careful parking and circulation balance.

The Pruneyard first opened its doors in 1969, with the 18-story office tower following soon after in 1970 and the second 10-story tower in 1972.  The Pruneyard Inn (now the Doubletree) was first constructed in 1989 and renovated and expanded in 1998. In the early 1990′s The Pruneyard was purchased by William Wilson and Associates, who overhauled the shopping center, creating the “Main Street” which allows visitors to enter the shopping center and travel straight through to the office buildings. Equity Office purchased The Pruneyard in 1999 and completed the hotel conversion to a Hilton Doubletree in 2013, which included a $2M-$3M renovation.

“We know that the Pruneyard is positioned, with our shared efforts, to become a true communal gathering place and a showpiece that brings a sense of pride to the entire Campbell community.  We look forward to working together to build a road map for us to invest in and further shepherd one of Campbell’s most important community assets, added Melinda Ellis Evers.

About Ellis Partners LLC
Ellis Partners LLC is one of Northern California’s largest commercial real estate investors and developers focused on office, retail, industrial and mixed-use product types with a 20 year operating history. The firm’s multi-faceted capabilities include land entitlement and development, property repositioning, adaptive-re-use and historic renovation. Ellis Partners also provides leasing expertise, asset management, development and renovation management capabilities to its ventures. www.ellispartners.com


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