1414-1422 Harbour Way South
Acquired: December 2004 from the City of Richmond Redevelopment Agency
Property description: 517,000 square feet on 26.5 acres featuring a saw-tooth roof design with large northern skylights and a prominent exterior facade of brick and glass, overlooking the San Francisco bay.
History: The Ford Assembly Plant was designed by the renowned industrial architect Albert Kahn in 1930 for the Ford Motor Company and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since June of 1988. The Plant was used to assemble tanks during World War II, and was converted back to car assembly after the war until Ford vacated in 1955. The building began deteriorating around then and was badly damaged by the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake.
Redevelopment: After several other developers bowed out of the project, ODI purchased the property from the Richmond Redevelopment Agency in 2004. ODI undertook a massive seismic upgrade integrating the incomplete “spider-web” system that a previous developer had begun, prepared the roof for installation of a one mega-watt solar power plant, and installed all new building systems. ODI began leasing industrial and office space in the summer of 2006, and completed the Craneway and Boilerhouse, a venue and restaurant it owns and operates, in 2009.
Current status: Ford Point is currently approximately 90% leased to a variety of tenants, including SunPower, Columbia Sportswear, and Ekso Bionics. The development won the American Institute of Architects National Honor Award in 2011, and has been covered in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and inhabitat.com.
Property manager: Agit Dhillon, firstname.lastname@example.org