Pennzoil Demolition Paves Way to Future

As part of its plan to rehabilitate its property for the market, Shell Oil has demolished all the buildings and removed all the tanks at the former Pennzoil site on Grand Street. Shell will likely sell the property to a developer.

Pennzoil Demolition Paves Way to Future

Shell Oil, the owner of the property that houses the Pennzoil plant on Grand Street, has now demolished all the buildings and above-ground tanks there. The 4.1-acre site is bounded by Grand Street, Fortman Way, Ellen Craig Avenue and Hibbard Street.

The plant had been in operation since 1951, when Pennzoil began blending and packaging petroleum- based products at the site. From 1995 to August of this year, the property served Pennzoil as a distribution center.

The facility once consisted of a tank farm that contained 29 oil storage tanks and held 48 above-ground bulk storage tanks. These 48 tanks had a combined capacity of 3,045,758 gallons. Complaints to the city about rusting, above-ground storage tanks led to Pennzoil removing 37 tanks, leaving just 11 tanks on the property.

Now that the buildings and tanks are gone, Shell plans to do the remediation necessary to prepare the property for sale.

This will involve excavating some 11,400 cubic yards of soil from the property and sampling the remaining soil to ensure workers have removed all pollutants.

Once Shell has completed that work, the company plans to backfill the excavated site with clean material. Plans for the property are unclear as of this writing, but the demolition does clear the way for another portion of the Cross Alameda Trail to take shape.

The trail would join two parts of Clement Avenue: the eastern section begins in the East End at Broadway and currently ends at Grand Street, pictured above, with the western part that begins west of the Pennzoil property and currently extends to Entrance Way.

As part of the deal cut with the city, developers who built Marina Shore built this new western portion of Clement and is providing some of the funds to build the Cross Alameda trail there. If all goes as planned, the trail would eventually wend its way through the present-day Shell Oil property and along the Marina Shores portion of Clement. The trail would then take walkers and bikers behind the Del Monte warehouse to Sherman Street where it would wind its way through Jean Sweeney Park to Constitution Avenue and on to Alameda Point.

Eric J Kos    This fence at the intersection of Grand Street and Clement Avenue defines the likely spot where the city would extend the Cross Alameda Trail to allow pedestrians and bicyclists a seamless way to Alameda Point.