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Jack London Square Development

 
 
Jack London Square Development Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
1. Jack London Square Development Marker
Inscription.
The building behind you was the Port of Oakland headquarters from late 1961 until 1990. An aluminum skin now covers what was a 1920s cold storage building, the Haslett Warehouse. One third of the original building was demolished to allow construction of a second tunnel to Alameda, the Webster Street Tube, which was completed in 1963. The former warehouse was remodeled in 1960, and port employees moved their offices from the Grove Street Pier to their new home in late 1961.
The area around Jack London Square was spruced up with new sidewalks, lighting and streets in 1952 to coincide with the City of Oaklandís centennial celebration. Restaurants like the Sea Wolf, later Scottís Seafood, the Grotto, later Kincaidís, the Showboat, a floating restaurant, were popular destinations during the early days of the Square.
Under the Phase I Master Plan, adopted by Port Commissioners in 1984, new office space, retail outlets, and parking facilities were added to the area between Clay and Franklin Streets. The work was completed in 1989-1990. Phase II Master Plan will yield greater opportunities for entertainment, shipping, and business throughout the Square.

Donated by
the
Port of Oakland

 
Erected by Port of Oakland.
 
Location.
Jack London Square Development Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, January 9, 2014
2. Jack London Square Development Marker
37° 47.638′ N, 122° 16.538′ W. Marker is in Oakland, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Water Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oakland CA 94607, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jack Londonís Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); Jack London (within shouting distance of this marker); Heinoldsí First and Last Chance Saloon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oakland Railroad History (about 300 feet away); Pony Express Ferry "Oakland" (about 500 feet away); Origins of Oakland (about 500 feet away); Oakland's First Wharf (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Jack London (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oakland.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in Jack London Square. Jack London Square is closed to vehicular traffic.
 
Also see . . .  Jack London Square - OaklandWiki. The Jack London Square neighborhood (also called Produce and Waterfront) is one of the oldest neighborhoods of Oakland. The neighborhood was named after Jack London who was raised in Oakland. He spent much of his childhood in the Jack London Square area, where there is now a bronze statue of the childhood Jack London created by artist Cedric Wentworth. (Submitted on January 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Additional keywords. redevelopment
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 399 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 13, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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