Barker Pacific Group acquired the Hamilton hangers almost a decade ago and has shepparded the renovation of the hangers to fruition. It is now a bustling business center occupied by media entities, Smith and Hawken, The Republic of Tea, and Disney's Image Movers Digital, among others. Michael Barker of Barker Pacific Group has managed to successfully retain the historic charm and character of the original design and architecture, while transforming the somewhat staid structures into highly desirable business space. Moreover, Barker Pacific acheived this feat despite being located next to the largest wetland restoration project undertaken in the western United States.
Where once stood Nave Lanes, the venerable Novato bowling venue, now stands high-end Hamilton Marketplace. Those living in Hamilton Field's several neighborhoods long sought this development (the site was pegged for a grocery store since Hamilton was transferred to Novato). While the road to completion was long, the finished product (this was an extremely well managed Grosvenor project) is a smashing success.
Projects associated with Novato's Hamilton Field continue to rack-up recognition -- Hamilton Landing (a robust business hub now occupying the former hangers (circa 1930) of the Hamilton military base) and Hamilton Marketplace (a diverse new shopping center with a mega-deluxe-Safeway (and associated gas station), Peet's, Starbucks, Jamba Juice, banking, restaurants (still to come), pet supplies, and more) were named “Top Projects in the North Bay” by the North Bay Business Journal. Both feature unique architecture and green building elements. Hamilton Marketplace also incorporated solar power.
These awards exemplify and underscore the unique environment provided, not just for the people and families of Hamilton Field, but also for those in the surrounding communities. Congratulations to Barker Pacific Group and Grosvenor.