Demolition Activities Signal Start of Long-Planned Effort to Bring Distinctive New Shops, Restaurants and Services to East Bay Employees and Residents
San Ramon, CA – February 17, 2016 – Bishop Ranch took the first concrete steps toward the creation of an innovative retail destination that will seamlessly blend shopping, dining, culture, community and commerce.
Demolition began on four of the property’s oldest office buildings, known as Bishop Ranch 2, or BR2. Replacing them will be City Center Bishop Ranch, a reinvention of the American suburban shopping center. City Center will feature 300,000 square feet of retail around a one-acre piazza in the heart of Bishop Ranch. The center will contain approximately 75 stores and will be anchored by a 10-screen luxury movie theatre, several restaurants and a mix of distinctive stores and services.
The new destination will place the mix of stores, restaurants and services within walking and bicycling distance for more than 30,000 employees, and within minutes for the residents of San Ramon and other East Bay communities.
City Center Bishop Ranch is a project of the acclaimed Renzo Piano Building Workshop, headquartered in Paris, France. Renzo Piano is an internationally renowned, Pritzker Prize-winning architect. In 2006, TIME magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Among his many acclaimed works are the new building of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, The Shard in London, Europe’s tallest skyscraper, and the acclaimed new Whitney Museum in New York City.
“We’re thrilled to begin creating the long-anticipated City Center Bishop Ranch, starting with the demolition of BR2. We look forward to creating a beautiful and vibrant live, work, play environment for the employees and residents of Bishop Ranch, San Ramon and the entire East Bay community,” said Alexander Mehran, Jr., President and COO of Sunset Development Company.
Bishop Ranch, the premier business community created by Sunset Development Company, is home to more than 600 companies in San Francisco’s East Bay.
The demolition is expected to last three to four weeks. No road closures are anticipated.
For additional information on Bishop Ranch and the City Center project, visit: http://www.citycenterbishopranch.com/.
About Bishop Ranch
Bishop Ranch, owned and operated by Sunset Development Company, was built on a legacy of sound planning and smart growth. Located on 585 acres in the San Ramon Valley, it is the largest mixed-use business community in Northern California. For nearly four decades, Bishop Ranch has continually, carefully grown with its successful neighbors to become a dynamic center for modern business. Today, the prosperous surrounding communities — 192,000 residents live within a six-mile radius — enjoy an average household income of $162,000.
Bishop Ranch is home to 30,000 employees at 600 companies in more than 30 industries. Among the tenants are many Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, Chevron, General Electric, IBM, PG&E, Robert Half, Bank of the West, Toyota and Berkshire Hathaway. Numerous small businesses in high-tech, bio/clean tech, and social software — such as Affiliated Computer Services, Aon eSolutions, Cognizant Technology Solutions and AGIS Network – have also chosen to locate in this diverse and thriving business environment. Bishop Ranch offers unique flexibility for the space requirements of companies large and small, and its tenants occupy spaces from 150 to more than 1 million square feet.
Employees at Bishop Ranch enjoy a wide range of amenities and on-site services, including award-winning transportation programs, professional seminars and networking opportunities, special offers and discounts, gourmet food trucks and a farmers’ market. For more information, visit www.bishopranch.com.