The purpose of the trip was to gather ideas on design features that are workable and cost effective for implementing Patterson’s downtown revitalization.
The tour included a look at Brentwood’s Civic Complex including City Hall, structured parking and a Community Center; annex buildings including the County Library, a Community College satellite campus, and business incubator; and a drive by view of the Police Facility. There were also many local attractions— boutiques, outdoor landscapes, Community Parks—and a Lifestyle Retail Center.
What seemed to gain the most attention, however, were the outdoor landscapes.
City Manager Rod Butler and City Planner Joel Andrews both alluded to the outdoor splendors of Brentwood, noting specifically the streetscape.
“I think the overall streetscape with the choice of decorative lighting and landscape is something that could apply well to Patterson’s downtown,” said Butler Monday evening.
The outdoor streetscapes would not only enhance the downtown, but provide features for future celebrations that often take place in the Center Plaza including the Apricot Fiesta and Tree Lighting Ceremony.
Apart from the landscape, Butler said he would love to see more components that promote entertainment venues and a nightlife, much like Turlock.
“We want to attract people during the daytime and nighttime,” said Butler. “Some downtown districts are only active from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., but we want to keep downtown lively and find new ideas to bring to the residents.”
Implementing these ideas, however, will have to bridge compromise between officials and residents alike.
As a result, local organizations have participated in seeking a planning consensus. The current visioning process will reach out to interested parties to voice their opinions. Swift noted this tour as just one of the first steps in an effort to regenerate the downtown.
“Now is an ideal time for us to move along with plans to [revitalize downtown],” said Swift Monday, March 10. “We hope there will be a lot of community involvement in this project.”
Patterson City Council will be interviewing five different firms from around Northern and Central California to develop a downtown envisioning plan. The winner of which will be picked to head up the city’s downtown visioning and redevelopment process at a special city council meeting set for Tuesday April 8. All who are interested in the visioning process should attend.
The firms include Taecker Planning and Design of Berkeley, Bay Area Economics based in Davis, R.H.A.A. landscape, architecture and design of Mill Valley, and Gates and Associates from Danville. Gates and Associates were originally retained by the city to put together the city’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which is 90 percent complete.
Patterson sent out requests to firms as far north as Roseville and as far south as Visalia before receiving the five responses.
The firms will be bringing a set of ideas for how best to implement a vision for the downtown area during the special city council meeting.
Part of the firm’s responsibility will be to take ideas from community and government leaders as well as the public to form a vision and process to reach that vision.
Contact Brooke Borba at 892-6187, ext. 24 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nick Rappley can be reached at 209-568-9975 or email@example.com.