Kimco Realty Corporation has announced plans to redevelop a corner of the Fremont Hub Shopping Center with a residential infill in the city of Fremont, Alameda County. The proposal will replace retail and surface parking with 314 homes, a new pharmacy building, and new landscaping.
The project will require the demolition of just under 70,000 square feet, currently occupied by the CVS, Staples, and a few other shops lining the mall’s central pedestrian path. Construction will be divided into two phases, with the 13,000-square-foot stand-alone pharmacy in phase 1A. Phase 1B will include 314 apartments and 14,160 square feet of new retail space.
The existing retail center offers parking for 2,809 cars. With the construction of a residential garage, future residents will have parking for 442 cars, and the retail users will have parking for 2,487 cars from the surface lot. Information about the number of bicycle parking is not specified.
TCA Architects is responsible for the project design. Renderings show the podium-style design will be covered with a mix of material types, including weathered steel and wood panels. Residential amenities will include a communal courtyard, pool, fitness center, clubroom, and amenity room.
For the public, the new project will include a substantial investment in new landscaping. New tree-lined streets and pathways will connect with a focal art piece along Fremont Boulevard, grand shade structures, bike racks, and outdoor seating. Redwood City-based BKF Engineers is the project’s civil engineer.
Writing to YIMBY, Kimco’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Jennifer Maisch, shared that “we are early in the process, and parts of the plan may get modified as we progress, based on municipality reviews and community input.”
The Fremont Hub Shopping Center is an over 50-acre retail destination with various shops. The larger anchor tenants include Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Ross, and Target. The proposal would focus on the northwest edge of the block by the intersection of Mowry Avenue and Fremont Boulevard. Future residents will be less than ten minutes from the Fremont BART Station by bus or bicycle.