For the week of June 30, 1999  thru July 6, 1999  

California developer targets Christiania lodge for new commercial space

New Colonnade businesses set

Express Staff Writer

The Christiania Lodge will likely be torn down to make way for a new commercial building next summer.

Following the successful leasing of nearly 100 percent of the new incarnation of the Colonnade, developer and Colonnade owner Jack Bariteau Jr. of Keenan Land Company in Palo Alto, Calif. will build another commercial and residential building on the Christiania Lodge site, next door to the Collonade.

Though the new building’s plans have not been finalized or been through the planning and zoning process, Eagan Real Estate leasing agent Tim Eagan, who managed the leasing of the Colonnade, said Bariteau plans to build approximately 11,000 square feet of commercial space on the Christiana site.

There has been discussion of hotel space for the second floor, Eagan said, and the Christiania’s name will likely be included in the new building’s labeling.

Eagan, who will also be the leasing agent for the new, Christiania-site building, said he will find out this summer if there is preliminary support for such a project. Preliminary agreements can be drawn up before an official, legal lease is, he said.

Based on the success he had filling the high-rent space in the Colonnade, Eagan said, he doesn’t anticipate problems finding tenants for the new space next door.

The Colonnade has one vacant space remaining, but Eagan said he will probably fill it within the next week.

Tenants committed to or already in the Colonnade include: ski and bike specialist Kelly Sports, Windermere Real Estate, Tully’s Coffee, Sure Foot Boot out of Park City, Utah, Sun Valley Boutique, which is a chain called Local Color in Camden, Maine, Antiques and Country Pine, Dalzell Gallery and a Los Angeles-based Japanese restaurant called Hana Sushi.

All of the aforementioned businesses will open their doors to the public within the next two weeks except for Hana Sushi, which is scheduled to open late in November, Eagan said.

"We specifically targeted tenants who weren’t here," he said. "We didn’t want to be seen as cannibalizing the local market. We wanted to bring new people in."


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