San Francisco, CA, July 17, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- The high profile project reflects the City’s decade long planning effort to build an Arts and Cultural Center. First an architectural design competition in 2010, the project was on hold for the past decade after the Redevelopment Agency’s dissolution. The current council has the option of using the prior design, or, proposing an entirely new architectural design, in addition to development and operation plan, with the additional option of building a new facility, or transforming the existing, vacant industrial building. The vacant structure, a former United Stamp Factory, located at 4060 Hollis Street, is owned by the City and sits adjacent to Old City Hall. The project will result in a vital community space to showcase and celebrate the Emeryville arts and creative community and provide a permanent home for the annual Celebration of the Arts exhibit.
The three finalists were selected based on the Overall Objectives & Key Elements established by Council and a Selection Panel’s application of the Scoring Criteria outlined in the RFQP. The teams chosen had the highest scores and demonstrated the greatest understanding of the community’s needs, and ability to implement. The RFQP Objectives included the capacity to address the following: Minimize City subsidy while ensuring fiscal sustainability of operations; Maximize civic and community arts-based uses of the facility; Expedite completion of the project; Utilize robust community engagement in developing programming for the facility.
“The Art District of Emeryville represents a variety of modern and traditional art and mediums. MSL will highlight each of these forms in its plans, which includes animation, digital and video mapping compositions, glass, light and texture, as features of the Art Center design. Essential to the strategic success of the project will be balancing the design with functional considerations that address everything from transportation and energy solutions, to accessibility and event space. The goal is to honor history and embrace innovation, merge design, economics, environment, sustainability, and functionality into a cohesive, vibrant space that engages and activates the art community, its patrons, students, partners and admirers.” – Macy Leung, Principal, MSL & Company, LLC
As a finalist for the 30,000 square foot site, MSL infused plans for a state of the art development with an appreciation for the architectural and industrial history of the area and a focus on the timely and highest sustainable needs and desires of the arts and surrounding communities. The MSL plans direct a state-of-the-art transformation that supports an adaptive-reuse of the existing building, resulting in a world class creative and innovative complex that hosts creative programming, design, innovative technology, artist’s affordable live/work and co-work space. The center will become a vital community hub that ultimately advances economic development for the city.
The Selection Panel will name the winning team later this year. The project is slated for completion in 2020.
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About MSL & Company, LLC
MSL & Company is a real estate development and advisory firm based in the East Bay Area of San Francisco. Community is at the heart of everything we do at MSL & Company.
The mission of MSL & Company is to address housing and community needs and challenges through three core competencies: integrated real estate and community development, project management, and real estate economic analysis advisory. MSL & Company invests in projects that provide the greatest positive impact on communities, enhance neighborhood characteristics, and promote economic development that benefits our clients, individual residents and the neighborhoods we serve.
The team at MSL & Company is comprised of passionate experts and industry leaders with over 60 years of collective experiences, and a wealth of expertise in real estate economics, finance and investment, architecture, and development. This shared knowledge and decades of in field experience assures each project is mission driven and community focused. MSL evaluates and attends to every detail, from economic and fiscal impacts and financial feasibility, to innovative design and construction methodology, and sustainability.
As an experienced economist and developer, MSL Principal Macy Leung addresses housing and community issues through development and economic advisory work.
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