The new Harborside in San Leandro, California, is the fourth iteration of the pioneering dispensary. Like its siblings in Oakland, San Jose, and Desert Hot Spring, California, the San Leandro medical-only shop mixes contemporary industrial architecture with decor reminiscent of Danish modern. Designed by the company’s in-house design and retail development teams and led by Retail Development Project Manager Kaliyah Eyre, the build-out was part reclamation, part upgrade, and all inspired.
Originally a World War II era warehouse, the building proved challenging from the start, according to Alexis Mora, Harborside’s marketing chief. But its high ceilings and abundant natural light—as well as connection to a seminal moment in American history—made the location too good to ignore, and the structure’s bones were good. Engineers and city officials were brought in early to ensure modifications would meet building codes. “On the seismic work alone, we had to build floor-to-ceiling ‘seismic shear’ walls that prevent side-to-side motion, along with installing massive steel braces that help hold the whole building together in an earthquake,” Mora said.
She added the team never thought a cannabis company would have to worry about steel tariffs and the price of metal components, but on this project those things mattered—a lot. “When you’re digging ten-foot shear wall foundations and filling them with steel rebar and concrete, you can’t help but get a glimpse into the supply-and-demand world of global commerce, even though your daily focus is cannabis, cannabis, cannabis,” she said.
It’s very important to us to be a part of the community fabric and to try to understand the history of a city as it has developed over time.
San Leandro has long been an important commercial and industrial hub of the Bay Area,