The City of Tracy’s Downtown Plaza is the signature-gathering place of downtown Tracy located at Central Avenue and Sixth Street, the heart and birthplace of the City. The Downtown Plaza is an infill development, serving as a centerpiece and catalyst to encourage a more compact development pattern in the City’s historic downtown urban center. Adjacent to the Plaza, to the south, is the Tracy Transit Station. An existing historic building with restaurants and boutique’s is north of the site. In the northwest and southwest, the Downtown Plaza will be adjacent to planned mixed-use and residential buildings at three opportunity sites comprising over 43 acres within the “Bowtie Area” of downtown Tracy.
The Downtown Plaza features a pavilion area with amenities for performances and community events, parking for automobiles and bicycles, a 4,000 square foot lawn area, shade trees, an interactive fountain, and water efficiencies such as a rain garden and permeable pavers. Encircling the green space, a reconfigured street, including a roundabout, decreases emissions by encouraging walking and bicycling, reducing the stop-and-go and idling of vehicles. Within the last five years, the city has revitalized the downtown area with the reconstruction of the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, newly constructed Tracy Transit Center, and construction of the downtown plaza. All of which created a connective public space that has ignited public interest in downtown as the distinctive and economic center of the City.
The city’s investment of 2.8 million for the construction of the plaza demonstrated the city’s commitment to downtown revitalization efforts. The City also received grant funding for the preliminary design and design development from San Joaquin County Measure K Sales Tax Smart Growth Incentive Program. These investments helped position the downtown for private investment and development of the Bowtie Area. This project is a critical part of the City’s greater strategy to revitalize and create more sustainable, compact development in downtown. The environment, facilities and amenities encourage people to live, work, shop, and play in downtown Tracy.
|6th Street and Central - Before||6th Street and Central - After|
|Downtown Area - Before||Downtown Area - After|
|Plaza Area - Before||Plaza Area - After|
|Community Gathering||Downtown Plaza|
The Bakersfield Arts Alive District is an approximate 16-square block mixed-use area in Downtown Bakersfield that, largely as a result of key public-private partnerships, is experiencin revitalization while preserving a concentration of culturally-significant and historic resources. Public-private partnerships discussed in this nomination include City of Bakersfield assisting the renovation of a Downtown Bakersfield landmark, the 112-room Padre Hotel, and the (former) Bakersfield Redevelopment Agency assisting the conversion of and underutilized upper floor to urban loft residences in the oldest building in Downtown Bakersfield, the Hay Building.
|Padre Hotel - Historic Photo||Padre Hotel - Current|
|Padre Hotel Lobby - Before||Padre Hotel Lobby - After|
|Hay Building - Historic Photo||Hay Building - Historic Photo Earthquake Damage|
|Hay Building - Current||Hay Building Block - Current|