“At Dublin” Entertainment Retail Center to Include Village Green with Planned Housing Component
DUBLIN, CA – Long-time, local Bay Area property owner and developer Jean Di Manto wants to continue the vision of her husband and his partners at Dublin Land Company to develop the approximately 76-gross acre, mixed-use property along Tassajara Road between Gleason Drive and I-580. The project currently consists of five vacant parcels known as the Di Manto Property. The proposed development would be named “At Dublin,” and include retail, entertainment, and restaurant space to benefit the local community as well as a hotel.
“Dublin needs a central gathering hub that will serve the community’s lifestyle needs,” says Jean Di Manto, matriarch of the Di Manto family, who has built and developed projects in the Amador Valley for over 40 years. “The City has grown up around this land, and now is the perfect time to move forward on a balanced development plan that will add a well-designed commercial retail center with diverse housing options for the community.”
Dublin Land Company purchased the property over 30 years ago when Dublin was more rural, before the Interstate 580 and many local streets had been constructed.
As Dublin matured into a more dynamic community fulfilling its master plan and with the addition of BART service, DiManto’s vision evolved from a large retail center with ample parking to a more balanced, mixed-use development on the site that would better complement the neighborhood and its needs. Dublin city leaders have always viewed this site as a prime location for a mixed-use project bringing retail, food and entertainment services with the appropriate blend of housing options to complete the neighborhood that would meet the city’s goals to add more diverse commercial development options.
Jean Di Manto, Dublin Land Company’ managing partner, is overseeing the disposition of the property after the passing of her husband last fall. She has chosen to sell the parcels to SCS Development Company in partnership with the experienced retail development and management company Shea Properties to entitle and build the project.
Given the importance of developing a successful commercial center, Shea Properties will lead the entitlement process and manage its building. The centerpiece of the project will be a planned entertainment retail center with a town square and walkable pedestrian greenways that connect to a sensible housing component for the growing region. Leasing brokers for the retail component of “At Dublin” are Kent DeSpain and Hilary Parker of San Francisco-based Retail West.
“Since the 1990’s, when the East Dublin Specific Plan was adopted, how we live and experience life has changed dramatically,” says Brad Deck, Senior Vice President of Commercial for Shea Properties. “We agree with DiManto’s later vision, and need to revisit the original plan to develop this site into a community that will remain relevant many years into the future.”
Award-winning architects have been selected to design the project. San Francisco-based Field Paoli Architects will envision the retail center, with support from Pleasanton-based Dahlin Group. San Francisco/Sausalito-based SWA landscape architects will plan the landscape design components, including the village green, walkable greenway connections, and streetscapes.
Shea Properties will initiate community outreach on the project in the coming weeks to better understand the needs and expectations of the surrounding residents and community at large.
“Our goal is to develop a plan that best serves the residents of Dublin and their families,” says Deck. “We want to move forward with a comprehensive plan that will complete east Dublin in a balanced way, providing a fresh retail and entertainment component not currently found in the area. The core principle to the development plan is to create a rich, walkable, and integrated experience that is engaging for Dublin’s residents.”
The proposed retail component would be food and entertainment-centric, incorporating plazas and a town square to serve as an outdoor gathering place. It would only be a 15-minute bus ride from the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station via Wheels transit. “We want to bring out the best of Dublin’s established food and beverage operators by showcasing them at ‘At Dublin’ for everyone’s enjoyment,” adds Deck.
Plans also call for a hotel, an international and independent movie screening house with accompanying dining and beverage experiences, a retro/modern bowling alley with specialty kitchen and signature cocktails, local specialty restaurant offerings, and much more.
For more information about “At Dublin” please visit: www.atdublin.com.
ABOUT SCS DEVELOPMENT COMPANY
SCS Development is the Bay Area’s leading apartment community builder. Led by Owner, CEO, and President Stephen C. Schott, the team of experts at SCS has a proven track record of more than 50 years. Having grown with the Bay Area, the company possesses ample firsthand knowledge of the region that goes into making each of its apartment communities unique.
Before planning begins, SCS looks to its surrounding architectural heritage to ensure that each residence is aesthetically pleasing and compatibly designed. Such insights also enable SCS to select the most desirable and strategic locations—close to employment opportunities, schools, shopping, recreation, and more.
The company has a reputation for working diligently with local cities and government agencies to create environments on which residents have come to depend. As a result, beautifully designed apartment communities with quality craftsmanship have become the trademark of SCS Development, and will continue to be the firm’s focus for generations to come.
ABOUT SHEA PROPERTIES
Shea Properties, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, is a diversified real estate company responsible for the acquisition, design, development, construction, leasing, and management of business parks, shopping centers, apartment communities and mixed-use environments. Shea Properties currently owns and operates more than 8,100 apartment units and 4.9 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space in California, Colorado and Washington, with a strong pipeline of future projects.
Shea Properties is known for its unique approach to transforming land into premier living, working and shopping environments. By identifying the highest potential value and optimal use for any given property and applying a highly-focused development strategy, the company is able to use its diverse experience to create successful retail, business and residential developments. Shea Properties manages all aspects of development from start to finish. Services include market analysis, site acquisition, entitlement, design, planning, financing, construction management, property management and asset management. For more information, visit: sheaproperties.com.