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Grocery retailer gets EPA Platinum certified

BY Marianne Wilson

New Seasons Market in Mercer Island, Washington, has gone platinum.

The new supermarket received EPA GreenChill Platinum Certification for its efforts in reducing refrigerant emissions (by at least 95%). The 37,000-sq.-ft. store uses a natural refrigerant solution designed for minimal greenhouse gas emissions and superior energy efficiency.

The solution, Hussmann’s Purity Transcritical CO2 refrigeration system, operates efficiently in low, medium and high temperature applications and can be used in combination with all three.

“We have been wanting to do a “greener” refrigeration system project, and the Mercer Island store provided us the opportunity to do so by installing a transcritical CO2 refrigeration system, which removes HFCs from our store and reduces our businesses carbon footprint,” said Beau Butler, director of construction and facilities, New Seasons Market, which has 20 locations in Washington, Oregon and California. “This is our first transcritical CO2 project, but hopefully not our last.”

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Center near Rams stadium site completes first redevelopment phase

BY Al Urbanski

Phase one of a $15 million redevelopment of a 304,755-sq.-ft. neighborhood center in Inglewood, California, has been completed, according to owner NewMark Merrill.

Initial improvements at Crenshaw Imperial Plaza focused on remodeling the DD’s Discounts and 99 Cents Only stores. In Phase 2, a two-story building will be demolished to make room for a Planet Fitness and a 14,215-sq.-ft. retail building. A 15,000-sq.-ft. Mission View Charter School will also be part of the new mix in the center, which NewMark Merrill purchased in 2015.

Other new tenants will include Chipotle, Save-A-Lot, Five Guys, and Ono.

The center is near the new “City of Champions” district, the former site of the Hollywood Park Race Track where the Los Angeles Rams new stadium is being built.


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In San Antonio, adaptive re-use continues brewing

BY Al Urbanski

Early in the 20th Century, the Pearl Brewery in San Antonio was the largest in Texas, and it continued to be a renowned site in the city until brewing operations were shut down in the 1980s. It remained vacant until Rio Perla purchased it in 2001 and set about transforming it into the Pearl Brewery/Full Goods Warehouse, a 26-acre mix of residences, retail, offices, and gathering places.

“This is a new community meeting ground where visionary private development and public space come together to create a vibrant urban destination,” wrote a panel from the American Institute of Architects about the Pearl Brewery project after it opened in 2010.

So-called adaptive re-use of abandoned properties is having another day, and at another old brewery, in San Antonio. In 2017, CBL will break ground on a mixed-used redevelopment of The Lone Star Brewery, a site already known for attracting tourists to its biergarten with root beers for kids, an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool, and the Buckhorn Museum and its Hall of Horns.

“It was where San Antonions had their first beers, celebrated birthdays and anniversaries. It was a place where lifelong memories were made,” said CBL VP of Development David Neuhoff.

Having received final approval from the San Antonio City Council earlier this month, CBL is poised to begin adding attractions to the Lone Star Brewery that will bring people back in much greater numbers. Two anchor tenants have already been signed: a 10-screen Cinemark with an XD theater and a 25,000-sq.-ft Punch Bowl Social offering games, as well as food and beverage.

Completion of phase one of the project is slated for completion in fall 2018.


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