San Francisco-based artist Woody Othello anthropomorphizes everyday recognizable objects, depicting them in various psychological and emotional states to communicate his ideas with a humorous tone. For Cityline Sunnyvale, Othello continues to draw upon inanimate objects with Fountain, which was inspired by a sink in his apartment that has separate faucet heads for hot and cold water. This piece connects broader environmental concerns about water to a personal, domestic, or everyday state. Fountain by Woody Othello is installed at the corner of Murphy Ave. and McKinley Ave.
FutureForms, the San Francisco studio of Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno, has created One Thousand Suns, a dynamic sculptural shade canopy that fosters pedestrian interactions and establishes a lively collective focal point for downtown Sunnyvale. The FutureForms artwork is meant to reflect the incredible diversity of Sunnyvale’s residents and visitors. By supporting the artwork with four clusters of slender columns, the artwork creates an open, shaded, and inviting space for people to move through fluidly on a daily basis. The FutureForms artwork also creates a dramatic backdrop for pedestrians to congregate, sit and view the play of shadow and light from many vantage points. One Thousand Suns is installed in the median along McKinley Ave. between Mathilda Ave. and Taaffe Street.
The artwork by Woody Othello and FutureForms was selected by CHORUS Public Art and more information on the pieces can be found on the CityLine website.
Two Restaurants Open; Two Retail Leases Signed
Two new restaurants, Urban Plates and Pacific Catch, recently opened at Cityline, filling more than 10,000 square feet and adding to a growing line-up of food and dining options. Brokers for the restaurant leases were James Chung, Nicole Lyon, and Marisa Delgado of The Econic Company.
Urban Plates, a fast-casual, chef-driven restaurant specializing in wholesome, made-from-scratch meals, celebrated the opening of its newest location at 300 W. McKinley Ave. With signature industrial chic interiors and a sleek, modern aesthetic aligned with Cityline, the 5,070-square-foot restaurant seats 135 with both indoor and outdoor dining options.
Bay Area-based Pacific Catch restaurant group opened its 13th location, offering seating for 175 with a wrap-around bar accessible from both the main dining room and the open-air bar space, a dedicated area for picking up takeout meals, and free adjacent parking. Pacific Catch, which bills itself as a “West Coast fish house,” specializes in fresh, sustainable fish and seafood dishes inspired by Asian, Latin American, and Pacific Islands flavors.
Meanwhile, downtown retail space continues to be filled with two new leases recently signed to occupy approximately 6,000 total square feet.
Rumble Boxing will open in space across from the Target entrance on Taaffe Avenue. The tenant’s broker was Mike Conroy of The Econic Company.
Pet goods retailer Curo Pets has leased space in that same building. The tenant’s brokers were Cameron Baird and Andrew Rebennack of Avison Young.
Both businesses are expected to be operating by early 2023. With these new leases, current occupancy is approximately 93% for all of the Phase 1 retail spaces or nearly 360,000 square feet, when including Target, AMC and Whole Foods Market.
“This accomplishment seemed nearly impossible when we took on this project in 2016, “said Hunter, “and then when you include the pandemic the odds seemed even more against us. However, we persevered, and for that we must give credit to our amazing leasing team at Econic and our retail development team at Hunter Partners, led by Curtis Leigh, Sherri Prieb and Nivya Sannareddy. All of their efforts were instrumental in getting us this far, and frankly the best is yet to come!”
In January 2022, the developer team broke ground on Cityline’s three towers, which are comprised of two seven-story office towers with approximately 590,000 square feet of rentable office, retail, flex, and outdoor terrace space, and The Martin, a new, 12-story apartment community with 479 units, including 53 affordable homes. The new residential community will include a hospitality-level amenity package and ground-floor retail and restaurant spaces. Anticipated for completion in late 2024, the project will include a public park that will function as the town square and gathering space for the new downtown.
“This new office and retail space will bring more jobs to the central core of Sunnyvale and boost business for all of the community’s business owners,” said Curtis Leigh, partner of HP. “With Caltrain just blocks away, we are solidifying downtown Sunnyvale as a transit-oriented community that can attract visitors from throughout the region to work and shop here.”
Nice — reminds me of the Sibelius Monument in Finland.