We are pleased to announce that construction is officially complete on Britton Place Apartment Homes, Hall Equities Group’s new multifamily community in Lacey, WA, and lease-up at the 192-unit complex is progressing well. Britton Place offers a mix of spacious studio, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments featuring contemporary fixtures and finishes and top-of-the-line community amenities, including an inviting resident clubhouse, fitness center, outdoor, heated pool and spa, playground, and sport court. Detached garages and covered carports are available. Britton Place is located just off I-5 in the popular Hawks Prairie neighborhood of Lacey. Its freeway close location and easy access to shopping, education, and employment centers, as well as miles of forest and trails, make it ideal for local renters, outdoor enthusiasts, and commuters to Olympia, Tacoma, Lakewood, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. For leasing information, call (360) 810-4700 or visit www.brittonplace.com.
Hall Equities Groups is pleased to announce that today, August 15, 2017, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve our mixed-use Saranap Village development in west Walnut Creek, CA. We are excited to begin work on this vibrant and inviting town center.
Mark Hall, President and CEO of Hall Equities Group, said, “We are pleased with the outcome of today’s hearing. After working with the Saranap area community for so many years, the Board of Supervisors approved a project that is critical to revitalizing the Boulevard Way business corridor, providing the Saranap community its own place to gather for dining and shopping and providing much needed housing for Contra Costa County.
We are extremely grateful for the more than 550 Saranap area neighbors who provided their verbal and written support for Saranap Village. In our business, we often only hear from those who oppose projects. Those who support projects typically remain silent. To receive the level of support that was experienced during the entitlement process for Saranap Village was unprecedented, and we are humbled by the willingness of our neighbors to stand up and be heard for something positive.
We also appreciate the Leadership of Board Chairman Federal Glover, our District Supervisor Candace Anderson, and the other members of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors for their support of this groundbreaking project.”
Hall Equities Group and ZMC Hotels are commencing a property-wide upgrade and renovation of the 162-room Hampton Inn Lake Havasu City. The comprehensive make-over will touch nearly every aspect of the 3.76-acre property in Lake Havasu City, AZ, and dramatically increase aesthetics and amenities both inside and out, making the hotel a premier destination for travelers, conventions, weddings, and other corporate and social events. The hotel will remain open throughout the construction period, which is expected to be completed in six months, to be ready for the arrival of high season guests in early 2018.
Two striking improvements will make The Hampton Inn Lake Havasu hotel stand out among its peers. The first is the transformation and enlargement of the existing pool and patio into an impressive resort-style pool and lounging area. The second is the addition of a specimen cactus garden that will extend along the front of the hotel.
The exterior façade of the building will be updated to reflect the signature Hampton style, and the porte cochère welcoming guests to the hotel will be enlarged and resituated. Inside, the hotel will be completely renovated with a fresh, contemporary look, and public areas will be reconfigured to optimize flow and functionality while maximizing views of Lake Havasu. The existing meeting space overlooking the lake will be enlarged and reconfigured, creating a spacious 3,000-square-foot-room which can be divided into separate 1,500-square-foot spaces and seat up to 300 guests. Guest rooms and guest baths will also be fully updated and eleven new guest rooms will be added.
“We are extremely excited about the upcoming renovation,” says long-time hotel General Manager and Lake Havasu resident, Diane Harry. “There is simply nothing in the area that will be able to match our capabilities for special gatherings and events, and I believe it will attract new visitors to the area for business and for pleasure.”
On June 28, the Contra Costa County Planning Commission overwhelmingly approved the latest iteration of the Saranap Village plan proposed by Hall Equities Group and recommended the project for final approval by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, which is expected to meet in mid-August.
Saranap Village is an exciting development plan for a pedestrian-friendly, retail and residential district that will revitalize the Saranap community in west Walnut Creek, CA. Encompassing three sides of the intersection at Boulevard Way and Saranap Avenue, the plan contains an artful mix of retail, residential, retail, and beautifully landscaped pathways and paseos, creating a vibrant and inviting town center. Extensive public infrastructure improvements, including the installation of a landscaped roundabout with a signature art sculpture at the heart of the development, will contribute to the village feel.
In the public commentary period prior to the Planning Commission vote June 28, Hall Equities Group was widely recognized for their efforts to create a community-focused development in an area that had become increasingly lackluster and industrial in recent decades. With the coming of Saranap Village, nearby residents will finally have an appealing neighborhood hub, where the shops and restaurants will be refreshingly local and innovative and will provide inviting places for them to meet and mingle with their neighbors.
Hall Equities Group is pleased to announce that effective May 1, 2017, we acquired the contract for full onboarding and property management of the exciting Historic Pier 70 project in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco, CA, just minutes from AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.
Pier 70 is an exciting restoration project of eight historic Port of San Francisco buildings led by Orton Development, Inc. Comprised of historic office and industrial buildings, Pier 70 was once headquarters for Union Iron Works, and later Bethlehem Steel. The project was originally developed between 1885 and 1941 and forms the most intact industrial complex west of the Mississippi river. When the restoration is complete, the complex will contain approximately 300,000 SF of retail, flex, and office space. Tenants include a flagship store for Restoration Hardware, and a creative studio for Obscura Digital, among others. Hall Equities Group management began during the development stage, to include construction job cost accounting, and monthly reporting to various entities including the Port of San Francisco. We are excited to be a part of the restoration of this historic complex.
In addition to the classic waterfront buildings at Pier 70, the Dogpatch neighborhood, which survived the 1906 earthquake, contains some of the oldest houses in the city and is now a burgeoning art center.
Hall Equities Group and ZMC Hotels recently completed the property-wide makeover at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Independence, Missouri. In keeping with the brand’s Formula Blue design initiative, fixtures, furnishings, and finishes throughout the hotel were updated for a fresh, contemporary look, and greater comfort and convenience for hotel guests.
The entire public area of the hotel was reconfigured and modernized, creating an inviting, open lobby with versatile tables and seating, an updated breakfast area, and more optimal, state-of-the-art facilities for the board room and fitness center. Guest rooms received all new beds and bedding, innovative traveler-friendly furniture, updated wall and floor coverings, and sleek new bathroom appointments. Exterior improvements included fresh paint, pavement, landscaping, and updates to the pool area.
Situated off I-70 just outside of Kansas City, The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Independence-Kansas City offers ideal accommodations for fans attending Chiefs’ games at Arrowhead Stadium or Royals’ games at Kauffman Stadium.
Hall Equities Group has withdrawn their application with the City of Walnut Creek for a conditional use permit (CUP) allowing drive-thru service at their proposed 2nd & Main development and is reconsidering usage options for this 2.4 +/- acre site at the corner of 2nd Avenue and North Main Street in Walnut Creek.
The proposed plan for the 2nd & Main development called for a complete upgrade and overhaul of the site, including removal of all aging light industrial structures and renovation of the existing mixed-used building to include attractive new restaurant, retail, and office space. However, local neighbors led by community activists became negatively focused on the proposed construction of an In-N-Out Burger and its potential to impact traffic along this busy commercial corridor.
Prior to the announcement of the project, Hall Equities Group had already expended substantial time and resources evaluating possible uses for the site, and had made several plan refinements before arriving at the proposed plan, which situated all businesses as far as possible from nearby residences and comprised far less square footage than city zoning allows, providing space for a longer drive-thru and more parking spaces than any comparable In-N-Out in the Bay Area. While Hall Equities has consistently shown a willingness to engage in discourse with the community and address public concerns, the company feels there is little to be gained from public debate or attempting to move forward on the In-N-Out which is proving to be so divisive.
Owner and CEO of Hall Equities Group, Mark Hall, stated: “It is clear that some of our neighbors are having real concerns and anxiety about the potential for negative traffic impacts from our project, and In-N-Out Burger in particular. It is not in our interest to pursue such a divisive use as this In-N-Out has proven to be for the scale of this project. We have terminated the lease and development agreement with In-N-Out and will reassess the proposed project. We will come forward with a new application for the site in the near future. Our next project proposal may not be the most dynamic, or high profile of projects, but it will be a low impact good neighbor, and it will be a use that is consistent with the established zoning parameters.”
In response to the announcement of a proposed In-N-Out and Starbucks drive-thru at the corner of 2nd and Main, several residents also expressed criticism about full parking lots and congestion during peak hours at two nearby redevelopment projects by Hall Equities Group, inferring that the developer had acted in its own best interests, showing little concern over parking needs and the impact to traffic on adjacent streets. These residents may be unaware that Hall Equities Group foresaw the possibility of congestion at both Geary Marketplace and 680 Center and opted to construct much less commercial square footage, allowing much more space for parking, than the City had intended for the sites.
“The popularity of the centers we built attest to the neighborhood’s need for services, while the high volume at the sites reflect the continued need for responsible growth to support our growing population,” Mark Hall explained.
Hall feels it’s worth noting that these developments were undertaken during the downturn in the economy, when other developers were giving little attention to north Walnut Creek, and older commercial and industrial structures, were a blight along North Main Street. In contrast, Hall Equities Group recognized the need for services there and made substantial investments in the area. “It was a real challenge in that economic climate, but we succeeded in bringing in quality retailers and services like Sprouts, a healthy neighborhood market, and a large 24 Hour Fitness, that would provide real value and convenience for the people in the immediate neighborhood, rather than businesses that would predominantly draw people from outside the area.”
“Residents may have grown so accustomed to seeing the Sprouts, 24 Hour Fitness, and Chik-fil-A, that they have forgotten what was on those sites before we developed them,” Hall added. 680 Center was built on the site of the old Kaiser Cement Batch Plant, which operated for more than 40 years, creating significant noise and air pollution from trucks visiting the facility, and from the asphalt manufacturing process itself, which operated with heavy petroleum products and often released smelly fumes and fine dust into the air. Geary Marketplace was built on the site of the old Co-Op market that sat vacant and boarded up for 35 years, a target for graffiti artists and a deterrent to would-be investors in the area.
“Though our intentions are sometimes misconstrued, we pride ourselves on our commitment to Walnut Creek and nearby communities, and our vision for the future. We will continue to work with area residents, as we have with our other projects, to shape developments that suit the needs and personalities of the community, while being financially viable for our locally-based investors who invest their personal capital in improving the region,” Hall concluded.
Hall Equities Group is pleased to announce that the Leasing Office at Britton Place Apartment Homes in Lacey, Washington, is officially open for business, and accepting applications for March move-ins. Interest in the new community has been quite high, so first phase apartments are expected to lease quickly. Interested renters are encouraged to plan a visit soon. Drop-ins are welcome, or they can call (360) 810-4700 or email email@example.com to schedule a tour.
Studio, one, two, and three-bedroom home plans are all being offered in Phase 1. Each home is designed to incorporate the conveniences and amenities most in demand – full-size washers and dryers in-unit, fireplaces, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and faux wood plank flooring. Garages and carports are also available. Community amenities are centered around the Resident Clubhouse, an inviting gathering space housing the leasing office, the fitness center, the business center, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a comfortable lounge area with an impressive stacked stone fireplace.
Lacey is a thriving suburb of Olympia, Washington, on the southern tip of Puget Sound. With five freshwater lakes, miles of forest and trails, and close proximity to the Sound and Mt. Rainier, the city offers outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities for area renters. It is also a popular choice for military personnel stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
2nd & Main is an exciting new 2.42+/- acre redevelopment project now in the planning stages for the northwest corner of 2nd Avenue and N. Main Street in Walnut Creek, which will bring convenient retail, small business offices, and casual dining offerings to Walnut Creek residents and businesses on the west side of Interstate-680.
The site now contains a cluttered mix of retail/office space, aging light industrial buildings and construction yards, as well as a local bar. The proposed development will create an inviting neighborhood center featuring a brand new In-N-Out Burger, a drive-thru Starbucks, and a renovated 2-story mixed-use building with office space on the upper level and a restaurant and retail space below.
Hall Equities Group conducted extensive uses into best uses for this site before arriving at the current plan, which calls for a complete overhaul of the site and removal of all existing structures, with the exception of the mixed-use building to be downsized and renovated. The resulting square footage on the site, including new development, will be approximately half that of the existing structures and well below commercial square footage allowed by City zoning, providing greater drive-thru and parking space. All buildings will be situated on N. Main Street for maximum separation from nearby homes, and the deteriorating fencing at the back of the property will be replaced with a concrete masonry wall to buffer sound. The removal of the unsightly light industrial buildings and construction yards, and replacement with attractive, well-maintained businesses, will visually enhance the area and provide added convenience for the community.
Editors Note: Please see project update published 4.26.17
The 111-room Hampton Inn Goldsboro is starting the new year in style. On December 15, Hall Equities Group and ZMC Hotels completed a major exterior renovation at the site.
Gone are the familiar red brick walls and the peaked, red tile roof of the porte-cochere. Consistent with contemporary Hampton Inn standards, the new design welcomes guests with a more elegant and streamlined façade, rendered in a sophisticated palate of ivory, taupe, and charcoal. A parapet with an illuminated cornice has been added at the roofline, as well as masonry cladding around the base of the building and applied in a vertical zone around the windows, creating a columnar effect that draws the eyes upward. Equally significant improvements are planned for the interior of the hotel.
Located along the Neuse River, between Raleigh and the coast, Goldsboro is home to the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and offers easy access to many historical and recreational attractions.