Town Center: stay informed, get involved
Updated: Mar 21
Thank you to everyone who shared their opinions with the Board of Supervisors on 1/24/23. The Board voted unanimously to do initial review of Century's updated plan*. and prioritize staff time to engage on the project. This keeps the Town Center / Final Phase Build out process moving forward.
(Note: this updated plan flyer was mailed to all residents 1/20)
Now that STEP 1 has started on time, we have at least some hope that construction may end on time in mid 2025. This is an aggressive timeline. There are many more steps which all need to happen on time too.
Please continue to stay engaged. Over the next few months Century will continue holding informational and listening sessions. Keep an eye out for invitations.
FINAL PHASE BUILD OUT STATUS
Tweaks to Century's updated plan, which already reflects some recent community input*, can continue to be requested by the community over the next few months
Parking is known to be a top concern for the EG community - A parking study and further parking plan changes are in the works
Community input will continue to be invited, but major changes or shifting to a whole new plan are not under consideration. The updated plan offers adjustments to the ALREADY APPROVED 2004 EG Specific Plan. Adjustments are necessary due to Market Demand and world changes over the past 20 years. For example, the Retail Study (linked on page 10 in the attached 1/24 Agenda), shows that the market will NOT bear more retail space than called for in the updated plan.
IN vs OUT of SCOPE
Some residents would like to see a Community Garden. That may be a great idea, but it's not related to the Town Center / Final Phase Build Out plan. There's county owned land in EG that may be requested for that use.
Some residents would like to see progress on the historic mess halls on Ord St. Those are outside of the purview of Century and the Town Center plan.
It's easy to be confused about the plan and what's in scope vs out of scope, etc. Get the facts as the plan evolves by attending upcoming Century sessions. Keep an eye out for invitations.
Most recent community input meeting regarding parking was 3/14/23 at 7pm.
*Excerpt below from the Board of Supervisors 1/24/23 Agenda outlines how plan was updated based on EG resident input
RECAP OF WHAT'S HAPPENED SO FAR
12/7 /Meeting recording is here.
Read the blog post for summary of the proposed plan.
Past meetings highlights
11/17/22 meeting: Keith McCoy of UrbanMix Development and ArtSpace presented
11/3/22 meeting: Cushman Wakefiled Brokers discussed market trends and feasible commercial uses (including retail, offices, daycare and live music / food venue.
10/4/22 meeting: watch the recording or view the presentation. Feedback was also gathered via a priorities survey by PREG (EG resident volunteers).