Bay Street Emeryville
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The mall as seen from the Emeryville Hilton Hotel
LocationEmeryville, California, United States
Coordinates37°50′07″N 122°17′32″W / 37.8353°N 122.2922°W / 37.8353; -122.2922Coordinates: 37°50′07″N 122°17′32″W / 37.8353°N 122.2922°W / 37.8353; -122.2922
Address5616 Bay Street
Opening date2002[1]
OwnerMadison Marquette
No. of stores and services76[2]
Total retail floor area400,000 square feet (37,000 m2)[2]
No. of floors3
Parking2,000 spaces[2]

Bay Street Emeryville is a large mixed-use development in Emeryville, California which currently has 65 stores, ten restaurants, a sixteen-screen movie theater, 230 room hotel, and 400 residential units with 1,000 residents.[2][3]

Shopping cart Christmas tree at the mall, 2011
Shopping cart Christmas tree at the mall, 2011

Surroundings

It is near several hotels, an IKEA store, Pixar, and three other shopping centers: East Bay Bridge Shopping Center, Emeryville Marketplace, and Powell Street Plaza. The mall was built on the site of the Emeryville Shellmound.

Temescal Creek runs spring water and Emeryville urban through the property in an channelized open culvert with concrete lining to the confluence with the bay at the Crescent wetlands.[4] It is adjacent to Interstates 80 and 580 in addition to the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge and the MacArthur Maze. It is across from the Emeryville Crescent State Marine Reserve.

History

The mall has the only LEED certified West Elm that also provides some of its own solar energy, with a grass roof to provide habitat for insects, and substantial use of sky lights to reduce energy use.[citation needed]

The mall is built on an Ohlone Indian burial ground and shellmound[1] and former toxic waste site.[1] Since 2001 there has been a "don't buy anything day" hosted at the site by descendants of the Ohlones that believe the site has desecrated the resting place of their ancestors.[5][6]

In 2010 the mall began to attract tourists to a 34-foot-tall (10 m) Christmas tree made out of 84 shopping carts.[7] The unique tree created by artist Anthony Schmitt originated from Santa Monica, California, where it was displayed every winter season until 2014. New general management took over in 2017. [7]

Stores

Main street at the mall
Main street at the mall

Bay Street features a mix of upscale and traditional mall retailers, with a two-level Barnes & Noble bookstore, flagship West Elm and Apple stores. Four Gap, Inc brands: Gap, Old Navy, Athleta, and separate men's and women's Banana Republic stores all closed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

California Pizza Kitchen, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, and Rubio's Coastal Grill restaurants, UNIQLO, standalone H&M men's and women's stores, and an AMC Theatres cinema are also present.

Transportation access

The mall has public transport access by AC Transit local bus line 36 between the West Oakland BART station and the University of California, Berkeley,[8] furthermore transbay commuter routes C, F, J to the San Francisco Transbay Terminal and Z reverse commute from San Francisco to Emeryville.[citation needed] the Emeryville Amtrak Station, and free Emery-go-Round shuttles on the Shellmound/Powell line to MacArthur BART station and other areas in the city.[9] Parking, originally free, now costs US$2–10 depending on the length of stay. The fees have been controversial, as they have been consistently raised over the years.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b c Mary Spicuzza (March 16, 2002). "Emeryville replaces historic shellmound with street mall". Berkeley Daily Planet. Retrieved March 3, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Information, BSE website, access date 04-03-2009
  3. ^ Bay Street Emeryville website home page, access date 04-03-2009
  4. ^ Temescal Creek Watershed Map, Museum of California, access date 04-03-2009
  5. ^ "Friday: Buy Nothing Day Protest at Emeryville's "Bay Street Mall"". Indy News. November 25, 2006. Retrieved April 3, 2009.
  6. ^ "MALL BUILT ATOP BURIAL GROUND FACES RALLY, AMERICAN INDIAN GROUP SAYS BAY STREET CENTER WAS BUILT ON TOP OF CEMETERY THAT HAS OHLONE REMAINS". Contra Costa Times. November 6, 2005. Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2009.
  7. ^ a b Sean Maher (November 29, 2010). "Holiday shopping cart tree towers above gift buyers in Emeryville". Oakland Tribune. Archived from the original on December 4, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2010.
  8. ^ "Line 36". AC Transit. Retrieved April 10, 2022.
  9. ^ "Emery-Go-Round System Map". Emery-Go-Round. November 29, 2010. Archived from the original on January 1, 2011.
  10. ^ Jenny Strasburg (November 13, 2004). "Parking fee sparks ire / Bay Street shopping center neighbor says traffic is worse". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 3, 2009.