Included in the February/March 2013 issue of Ocean Home Magazine was a mention of the Hercules Bayfront project, entitled a "Herculean Effort". It explains that the project will create a new downtown on the Hercules waterfront, and is anticipated to break ground the third quarter of 2013.
The San Francisco Business Times features Hercules Bayfront on the front cover of today's edition. The article discusses the proposed schedule for the City's ITC infrastructure to begin in the spring and the first phase of the Hercules Bayfront project to begin in fall 2013.
USGBC presented the Stage 2 Final Review for LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot project #10102951 which awarded the Hercules Bayfront project 63 points and a "Gold" rating - One of only two California projects to achieve this designation for Neighborhood Development. The approved master plan can now be refereed to as a LEED for Neighborhood Development Certified Plan and will be listed as such on the USGBC website.
Thereafter on October 16th, Hercules Bayfront, LLC issued the attached press release to announce this accomplishment. We look forward to moving the project along in accordance with the LEED-ND master plan.
The Hercules Bayfront project received its full entitlements with the second (and final) reading that was approved by the City Council on March 13, 2012. Also approved was the tentative map application paving the way for the creation of 20 carefully planned blocks from the original 40-acre brownfield site.
This date marks a great achievement in the pursuit of a transit oriented mixed-use project that the Hercules community has been working towards since the design charrette in 2000.
Hercules Bayfront, LLC would like to thank everyone involved for helping to bring the project to this point. We look forward to the next stages of the project, where we can begin building out the final portions of the Hercules waterfront.
After several years of planning and negotiations, the City Council unanimously approved the first readings of the Development Agreements and Purchase and Sale Agreements. The agreements set the deal points for the project as it moves from the entitlements into the development stage. The second and final readings are scheduled to occur on March 13, 2012.
The City of Hercules filed the Notice of Determination with Contra Costa County, to advice that the City Council approved the Hercules Bayfront Environmental Impact Report.
This is a huge milestone in moving the project forward. All parties will continue working together to finalize the remaining project documents.
The City Council voted unanimously to certify the Hercules Bayfront Project Final Environment Impact Report (EIR) on Tuesday night, October 11, 2011. The EIR allows for the development of a 42.36-acre portion of the City of Hercules Waterfront District Master Plan area with the a transit-oriented, mixed-use neighborhood that includes a variety of dwelling unit types and businesses, an associated system of walkable streets, pedestrian interconnections, and public plazas with bay views.
The Draft Environmental Impact Report 45-day public comment period for the Bayfront Project officially closed on March 7, 2011. The City and its CEQA consultant will now review the public comments and incorporate them into the Final EIR, which is planned to be released in the near future.
The City of Hercules has completed the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Bayfront Project. The DEIR discusses the potential project and cumulative environmental impacts and where applicable, identifies mitigation measures to minimize impacts.
The 45-day public review period begins on January 20, 2011 and extends until March 7, 2011. Comments to be included in the final environmental impact report must be submitted in writing to the City on or before March 7, 2011.
The entire document can be downloaded from the City's website at http://www.ci.hercules.ca.us/index.aspx?page=640
Hercules Bayfront is at a critical crossroads in determining how it will proceed and sends a request to the City Manager and City Council Members.
Hercules Bayfront would like to congratulate the New Interim City Manager and City Council Members on their new positions within the City of Hercules. We are thrilled that there is new leadership in the City and look forward to working with you to fulfill the community’s vision for the Waterfront.
Hercules Bayfront was selected as a Catalyst Project as part of the Catalyst Projects for California Sustainable Strategies Pilot Program. The project received a "Bronze" recognition and was only one of thirteen projects that was selected in the entire state of California.
For more information about the program and award, please read the Department of Housing and Community Development official press release and application that was submitted on February 11, 2010.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED - Streets & Public Spaces Naming Contest
The votes have been tallied and the WINNING NAMES are identified with their EXPLANATIONS.
Congratulations to the winners... and we would like to thank everyone for your participation in helping make Hercules Bayfront a special place!
Hercules Bayfront has been selected as a 2010 Gold Nugget “Merit Winner” under Category 23 – Best Infill, Re-Development or Rehab Site Plan.
The Award of Merit Honorees can be found online at http://www.goldnuggetawards.com
This nomination qualifies Hercules Bayfront as a candidate to be selected as a 2010 Gold Nugget “Grand Award Winner”. The winner will be announced on June 10th during the Gold Nugget Awards Luncheon at Moscone Center in San Francisco.
The Hercules Bayfront mixed-use neighborhood redevelopment program has been awarded the Stage 1 LEED-ND Gold certification, the first of a three stage pilot neighborhood certification program. Anderson Pacific, LLC, owner and developer of Hercules Bayfront, submitted its plans for the community to the U.S. Green Building Council for pre-review and were found to be in compliance with Gold certification standards as the project is currently outlined and anticipated to be completed. Hercules Bayfront is one of only seven communities in California and among the first in the nation to achieve certification under the new LEED program that looks at the overall sustainability of a neighborhood master plan.
Click below to download the complete press release:
Hercules Bayfront, LLC is inviting the community to submit their suggested names for the future Hercules Bayfront Streets & Public Spaces. Please click on the attached link to read about the contest’s rules and the process. We look forward to receiving your input!
Please come join HBL and the City at the Waterfront Workshop the City is hosting this Thursday, September 17 at 7:00pm at the Hercules Senior Center. This workshop is a follow up to the September 1, 2009 workshop that discussed the four design alternatives for the Intermodal Transit Center.
Based on the feedback received from the residents, the designs for alternatives 1 and 4 have been revised. This workshop on September 17 will discuss these design revisions and provide further opportunities for the residents to provide comments.
Please come join Hercules Bayfront, LLC at the City's second Waterfront Workshop to be held at the Hercules Community/Swim Center on September 1st from 6:30 to 9:00pm. The Workshop will focus on the design of the Intermodal Transit Center and tower. During this time, there will be breakout groups to review and comment on the different design ideas that are discussed. We hope to see you there!
Please come join Hercules Bayfront, LLC and their design team on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 for the Waterfront Workshop the City is hosting from 7 to 9pm at the Library. The workshop will discuss the open spaces and public plazas within the Hercules Waterfront, with a particular focus on the character of the civic plaza. There will be opportunities for questions and answers, as well as small break out group exercises. Your participation is encouraged to help us understand the desires of the community for these spaces. We look forward to seeing you there.
In 2008, the Hercules Bayfront project was submitted to USGBC for their consideration to take part in the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Pilot Program. The application was accepted into the program and the design team has been working over the last few months to finish up the submittals to receive a LEED certification under the LEED-ND program.
LEED-ND is the first national system for neighborhood design which adheres to the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building practices. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a development's location and design meet accepted high levels of environmentally responsible, sustainable development.
More information on the LEED-ND program can be found at http://www.usgbc.org
Hercules Bayfront, LLC participated at the Community Update Meeting on Saturday, April 4, 2009. The event was well attended and provided the opportunity for persons to ask questions about the Waterfront project and discuss the project updates.
Hercules Bayfront’s quality design and planning earns the endorsement of Greenbelt Alliance. For 50 years, Greenbelt Alliance has been the San Francisco Bay Area’s advocate for open spaces and vibrant places. The Compact Development Endorsement Program seeks higher density infill projects, located near existing services and public transit, in existing urban areas. Greenbelt Alliance endorses Hercules Bayfront because this development model creates a vibrant pedestrian and transit-oriented community that enhances and protects the greenbelt for all Bay Area residents.
To view the endorsement and learn more about Greenbelt Alliance, please click here
The Waterfront Now Initiative was adopted by the City Council on July 22, 2008 by way of a 5-0 vote. This was a momentous event which potentially saved several years in the planning process for the Hercules Bayfront project. The major design elements were solidified which allow for the project to move forward in accordance with the community’s desire for a pedestrian-oriented waterfront neighborhood.
The City Council’s adoption of the Initiative amended the General Plan, Zoning maps, and caused the new Hercules Bayfront Master Plan to be effective. The Master Plan establishes a form-based code to regulate and provide detailed development and design standards for the undeveloped portions of the Waterfront area. It was drafted to allow for the flexibility of uses in certain areas of the project, and will only apply to those specific areas. The existing Waterfront Master Plan will continue to apply to the developed portions in the Waterfront, which areas are unaffected by the Initiative.
Now that the major planning documents are complete, the next major hurdle is to finish the environmental documents. The City and Hercules Bayfront, LLC are working together on these studies to help expedite and move this process along as quickly as possible. Everyone is hopeful to see some action on the site next year.
Hercules Bayfront, LLC participated at the Community Update Meeting on Saturday, April 26, 2008. The event attracted many people and provided an opportunity to discuss and ask questions relating to the Waterfront project.
Hercules Bayfront, LLC participated in a joint-City presentation at the Foxboro Community Center. At this recent event we had the opportunity to speak with many local residents and address questions about our respective proposed waterfront plans. We are thrilled to have such strong community support and are eager to continue moving the project forward.
Hercules Bayfront, LLC participated in a joint waterfront presentation with the City of Hercules at the Promenade HOA clubhouse. Several residents from the Promenade community, in addition to other interested Hercules residents attended the event. The joint presentation allowed the attendees to evaluate the different plans side-by-side and ask questions accordingly. Hercules Bayfront, LLC has confirmed that it will continue participating in the remaining waterfront presentation meetings.
Hercules Bayfront, LLC participated in a joint waterfront presentation with the City of Hercules at the Hercules Public Library. Both the City and Hercules Bayfront, LLC presented their respective plans for several community members and answered questions.
Hercules Bayfront, LLC presented its Master Plan and IPDP submittal materials to the Hercules Planning Commission. Several interested members of the public attended the meeting and expressed their interest in our plans and collective vision for the waterfront area.
Re-submittal of the Hercules Bayfront Draft IPDP with modifications based upon feedback and comments from the City of Hercules.
After a year of extensive planning efforts - working with the City of Hercules, Association of Bay Area Governments, East Bay Regional Park District, San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority, Western Contra Costa Transit Authority, Union Pacific Railroad, and community members - Hercules Bayfront submitted its Draft IPDP to the City of Hercules.
Hercules Bayfront, LLC participated in a Community Workshop, presenting the enhancements to the waterfront master plan.
Over 40 experts - planners, architects, engineers, soil and geotech consultants, transportation, parking and mobility, hydrology, contractors, finance and market research consultants - joined the property owners and City officials in a week-long Charrette to analyze the waterfront and enhance the master plan.
In preparation for the July 24th Charrette, an extensive site and precedent visit took place. Over the course of two full days, a team of architects and designers visited particular buildings located in Oakland, Berkeley, Old Town Sacramento, Nevada City, and Grass Valley. The building precedents at the different locations helped provide design ideas going into the upcoming Charrette.