A New Life
Cities are experiencing new infill growth from people that want close proximity to jobs and amenities with less time spent in commute and more time enjoying urban life. This population shift results in dynamic changes in the composition of neighborhoods that can support new business opportunities, not possible in past decades. The conversion of an old art deco automotive building in downtown Oakland to a new CVS is a good example of current neighborhood demands and the viable rebirth of a historic building.
Born in 1930 the building has had numerous vacancies, tenants and remodels during its life. Architectural Dimensions worked with CVS, Armstrong Development, and the City to formulate a redevelopment design that includes the program needs of CVS while preserving the integrity of the building designed by Charles McCall. The conversion respects history with infusion of modern technology and current retail offerings.