New ideas, new look coming for Alameda waterfront research park

JLL engaged to handle leasing at a one million square foot waterfront research park at Marina Village in Alameda, California.

June 03, 2019

OAKLAND, CA, June 3, 2019 – New ownership at Marina Village, the one million square foot high quality office/research park on Alameda’s waterfront, means new amenities and other enhancements are on the way for both existing and prospective tenants. A fund controlled by DRA ADVISORS LLC, in joint venture with LOCAL CAPITAL GROUP, closed on the acquisition of the portfolio and one of their first moves was to engage JLL to handle leasing at the 27-building office and research park.

Sam Swan, Grant Yeatman and Scott Miller lead the team leasing on the property, which is looking to convert much of the available vacancy to top-tier life science and research space.

“The Research Park at Marina Village is a high-quality location minutes from downtown Oakland and BART.  With 1 million square feet (SF) of product, it is big enough to give tenants the opportunity to expand in a thoughtfully planned research park located at the geographic center of the San Francisco Bay Area,” said Sam Swan, JLL.

The project has over 300,000 SF of dedicated life science and research space.  With 200,000 SF of direct vacancy deliverable today, vacant space is being redesigned to accommodate sophisticated lab users.  Vacant suites range from 5,000SF to over 40,000SF for a full-building user, with the ability to create a campus environment. This new inventory will be a welcome news to life sciences throughout the region, as growing tenants struggle to find viable options to develop research space.

“Ownership is committed to supporting tenants with programs to deliver new amenities as we transform Marina Village. The incentives, competitive lease structures, and innovative 1st tier Life Science space will be compelling for both growing tenants and their brokers,” Dan Poritzky of Local Capital Group said.

The Research Park at Marina Village is a 60-acre office park set within a 200-acre master-planned community on the waterfront in Alameda, less than 15 minutes from Oakland International Airport. The 12th Street BART Station and San Francisco-Alameda Ferry provide easy public transportation access to the development, which is surrounded by shopping and retail amenities. 

About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Our vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. In doing so, we will build a better tomorrow for our clients, our people and our communities. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with annual revenue of $16.3 billion, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of over 91,000 as of March 31, 2019. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit

About DRA Advisors LLC

DRA Advisors LLC was founded in 1986 and is a Registered Investment Advisor that specializes in real estate investment and management for institutional investors.  As of December 31, 2018, DRA has completed acquisitions of 1,642 properties in 38 states valued at over $32 billion, consisting of 53 million square feet of office, 57 million square feet of industrial, 60 million square feet of retail, and 69,697 multifamily units. DRA is headquartered in New York City, with regional offices in San Francisco and Miami. For more information, visit

About Local Capital Group

Local Capital Group is a diversified real estate investment company that operates commercial assets and develops residential, mixed-use projects.  Founded in 2013, Local’s team has acquired an $850 million portfolio of assets.  Headquartered in San Francisco, the Company owns and operates a commercial portfolio consisting of over 3.5 million sq ft of office, industrial and R&D buildings throughout the Bay Area. Local’s development portfolio includes condominium and multi-family mixed-use projects in San Francisco, New York and Portland. For more information, please go to

In Northern California, JLL is a market leader employing more than 1,200 of the Bay Area super-region’s most recognized and technologically-adept commercial real estate industry experts. The firm offers a broad range of services in the region including office, industrial/logistics, retail, healthcare and data center brokerage and provides landlord and tenant representation to many of the area’s largest owners and employers.

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