Larkspur shopping center undergoing renovations

Full story: Marin Independent Journal

Ferry commuters and motorists who drive by Larkspur Landing have probably noticed the recent disappearance of about 10 black acacia trees and a large swathe of shrubbery that previously lined Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.

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Kevin

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#64
Aug 1, 2010
 
It's called Larkspur Landing. Not Marin Country Mart. In order to name the shopping center Country Mart you must go out in the couuntry part to name a shopping center. If MBC closes then Mr LA guy is really an idoit. I wonder if Bed Bath and Beyond will remain there? Go Giants BEAT LA
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#65
Aug 1, 2010
 
contractor wrote:
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Go back to your Wall St firm doughnut head and figure out how to rape more investors.
"greed" is good...for Satan. Used to be one of the seven deadly sins, but Lloyd Blankfein and company have redefined that as a virtue in today's corporate world.
You call a lot of names, but you haven't proven to me that greed's a bad thing. By the way, those "greedy" property owners are who give "contractors" work....maybe you're bitter that you don't get enough of it, or didn't pay attention in school?

Don't enforce your personal morality on me or anyone else.

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#66
Aug 1, 2010
 
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I hope he makes it work, but the Marin Country Mart name is ridiculous IMHO..
I just drove past today and saw the cut down trees as well as a HUGE Marin County Mart sign. The name conjures up images of a cheap liquor store. Really terrible name. That alone makes me think the guy doesn't know what in the heck he's doing.

Since: Apr 09

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#68
Aug 2, 2010
 
It's gotta be one of two plans, both of which depend on his showing that Larkspur Landing has no economic future.(He's working hard on ruining it, anyway.)

First plan--replace LL with a "big box" store.

Second plan--replace LL with a Sutter hospital.

Take your pick.
Hendersons Grandmother

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#69
Aug 2, 2010
 
Rational approach wrote:
It's gotta be one of two plans, both of which depend on his showing that Larkspur Landing has no economic future.(He's working hard on ruining it, anyway.)
First plan--replace LL with a "big box" store.
Second plan--replace LL with a Sutter hospital.
Take your pick.
Sutter already owns Marin Square shopping center on Bellam Blvd and most of the buildings on Gary Place next to it. That's enough acreage to build a large hospital.
I say he'll try for 500 units of low cost housing. The libtards will love it and since it's all renters behind the center, there is no one to fight it.
Hendersons Grandmother

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#70
Aug 2, 2010
 
Batman wrote:
If Marin Brewing Company is leaving or even thinking of leaving the Rafters space is still empty
Get busy San Rafael make it happen
Remember the big splash in the IJ that Pizza Orgasmica from The City was going to reopen the brewpub at Rafter's ? The change of alcohol sign went up and then came down a LONG time ago. This is a pattern of false hopes. I wonder what happens.
space matters

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#71
Aug 2, 2010
 
Do any of you know how city government works? Every City in Marin has a Planning Director (most cities in California do as well- either that or a Community Development director, etc.). As city staff, they are recruited and hired by the City Council. The City Council members are ELECTED by the public. Also as city staff, planning directors have NO decision-making authority in any development project. They make recommendations to the Planning Commission (citizens of Larkspur, incidentally, who are appointed by the City Council) and the City Council, but those bodies have every right to disregard their suggestions- and they often do. The Planning Director in this case simply brought the application to the Planning Commission, who chose to approve it. If you have such a problem with the Planning Commission, attend a hearing once in a while. It's easy to slander people on the Internet- not so easy to find out exactly how things work and how you can make a concrete difference in how your community is run.
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#72
Aug 3, 2010
 
I am so glad to see so many comments about the terrible plans for Larkspur Landing. Rosenfield has no idea what will be succesful in Marin. I grew up in Greenbrae starting 50 years ago and go to Larkspur Landing many times a month, 24 Hour Fitness and Marin Brew primarily.
To open up the view of the Ferry Terminal makes no sense. The buildings are there to block the wind that is there constantly ( windsurfers just down the street). Olive Trees! You fool.
To try to turn it into an upscale Hollywood "Mart" is a recipe for disaster. Marin already has its upscale centers. Wasn't any market research done before he started pissing his money away? I do agree, it is his property and money and he can do with it what he wants (with in reason), but without anchor tenants that people know he will not get new people coming to the center...hhmmm, maybe not, the Richmond San Rafael Bridge is a few miles away for a quick getaway. Should take some heat off the Bon Air Center.

Since: Apr 09

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#73
Aug 3, 2010
 
Gotta love what the place will be like when the olives start drawing birds, rats, raccoons, etc.....
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#74
Aug 3, 2010
 
This part of marin need some nice, upscale, restaurants w/ indoor and outdoor seating to have a cocktail and appetizer on a sunday afternoon. I could not find a single place to go last sunday in Larkspur, San Anselmo, KF, GB, or Ross. Especially since the weather is warmer than down in Tiburon or Sausalito where there are a couple options. That is pretty pathetic.

Lets hope to god they include a couple places w/ample outdoor seating, a covered patio and heat lamps.

I am totally fine with more boutiques, a really great full service spa w/ an indoor hot tub would be great, and a facility geared towards kids. Some sort of music, dance, or art studio for rainy, cold days, and a place for parents to sit inside and have coffee.
CM Resident

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#75
Aug 4, 2010
 
Wow people, stop freaking out. Acacias? Really? They're an insideous, non-native tree. Get over it already. They're to be replaced by a lavender field and olive trees. Sheesh.

Oh, and Noonan's died of its own accord and lack of insight into its business.

Change CAN be good, just relax and see what happens. If the LA guy is wrong, he's sunk a ton of money into Marin and the spaces will get leased out eventually.
dude

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#76
Aug 6, 2010
 
Okay, I have something to say. Everyone, take a deep breath and calm down.
First of all, your claims that Rosenfeld is going to close down Marin Brewing Company for sure don't have enough proof. From what it sounds like with Rosenfeld's other properties, such as something like Brentwood Country Mart, is that he has kept the existing businesses that have done well. He basically has incorporated those with the new businesses. And since I imagine that Marin Brewing Co. does do well, we can assume that, just like with some of the other properties, he will surround it with shops/cafes/restaurants.
Also, what's so bad about remodeling the area? The shopping center has essentially retained the same, but rather plain look. It has never gotten its own unique feel before.
In fact, I read the brochure that gives a feel of the new center and from what I can tell, it will have some nice, landscaped touches. For instance, Rosenfeld wants to put in a duck pond, gardens, a fire pit and grassy fields. These additions could make the center a perfect spot to grab a coffee, walk around and browse while you're waiting you're waiting for your ferry. They would also make the center a nice spot for an outdoor summer concert series.
Also, notice how Rosenfeld wants LOCAL, small businesses to open up, not chain stores. We haven't seen that in a long time, taking into recent Marin center renovations into consideration (The Village and Northgate for example). This could potentially allow for something like a small, family-owned grocery store. The fact that Rosenfeld is at least saying he doesn't want big-time chains to open at least deserves to garner some support.
So what I am saying is that change is a good thing, most of the time. Instead of already making up your minds that the center is going to be horrible, why don't any of you guys at least be a little bit more open-minded?
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#77
Aug 6, 2010
 
why don't any of you guys at least be a little bit more open-minded?
dude I am not marrying my dad...period
dude

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#78
Aug 6, 2010
 
One thing I can admire Rosenfeld for is that he was successful at making Brentwood Country Mart do well with only locally-owned stores, in an area that is littered by malls and chains.
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#79
Aug 6, 2010
 
dude wrote:
One thing I can admire Rosenfeld for is that he was successful at making Brentwood Country Mart do well with only locally-owned stores, in an area that is littered by malls and chains.
I agree with everything you are saying. He is willing to take the time and effort to put together a center of independent stores, not just another rote group of boring chain stores, that is something I applaud from both a local economic viewpoint and from a personal shopping preference.
Let's give this center a chance to improve.

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#80
Aug 6, 2010
 
dude wrote:
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Also, what's so bad about remodeling the area?
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Been there, done that. It was only a few years ago that everything was turned upside down, Yet Wah got the boot, and we got these "new" offerings that have now gone belly up bigtime.

Time to level most of the place for additional ferry parking, leaving MBC and its immediate foodie neighbors and the theater.
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#81
Aug 6, 2010
 
Rational approach wrote:
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Been there, done that. It was only a few years ago that everything was turned upside down, Yet Wah got the boot, and we got these "new" offerings that have now gone belly up bigtime.
Time to level most of the place for additional ferry parking, leaving MBC and its immediate foodie neighbors and the theater.
What I'm saying is to at least wait to see the results before deciding that the renovation is a complete mistake.
KristieL

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#82
Aug 8, 2010
 
Charles wrote:
Also, the lack of a supermarket is telling. How about inviting the Good Earth in Fairfax to open another 100% organic market? You'd get all of southern Marin and the commuters heading to the bridgee to patronize it.
No, you really wouldn't. There was a small market there not long ago (i.e. a year or so ago) that closed because those of us who live here in Larkspur Landing didn't shop there. We'd rather go to Mollie Stone's. Bridge commuters drive by plenty of other supermarkets right on 101. And there used to be an Albertson's way back when - it closed too because it didn't get enough business. There aren't enough of us living here to patronize such a place. We have enough supermarkets in the area.

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