Downtown Vallejo streetscape plan unfolds in 300 block of Virginia Street

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Anonymous

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Feb 15, 2013
 
Downtown Vallejo streetscape plan unfolds in 300 block of Virginia Street
http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_2259...

As construction crews put the finishing touches on the Temple Art Lofts, the next phase of the downtown Vallejo streetscape improvements is in full swing in the 300 block of Virginia Street adjacent to the historic project.

Funded with state and federal grants, the street work includes a number of improvements, including new sidewalks, plus trees and street features to make the block more friendly to pedestrians, City Engineer Jill Mercurio said.

Other features include planters, trees, benches, better crosswalks, diagonal parking, new pavement and underground utilities.

The block is closed most of the time, but the city coordinates with the Empress Theatre and other local businesses to open the street to traffic during events, Mercurio said.

"Ultimately, they'll have street furniture, more signage, decorative pavement and things like that," Mercurio said.

The improvement plan's goal is to revitalize the area and improve access to the Vallejo Baylink Ferry terminal.

Work begun over the summer under a $1.9 million contract awarded to Ghilotti Construction Company.

Contractors are attempting to finish some of the more disruptive work on Virginia Street prior to the opening of the Temple Art Lofts project inside the 1917 Vallejo Masonic Temple in April.

One block of Virginia Street and several blocks of Georgia Street in the downtown area have received improvements.

The next phase includes two blocks -- Sacramento Street from Virginia to Georgia streets, and Georgia from Sacramento to Santa Clara streets.

Several years ago, the city received $2.2 million through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to initiate the streetscape improvement plan.

"These improvements are an investment in the future," Mercurio said.
GEE

Oakland, CA

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Feb 15, 2013
 
Quote: Other features include planters, trees, benches, better crosswalks, diagonal parking, new pavement and underground utilities.

I am surprised that relocating utilities underground was the last accomplishment mentioned.
As far as I am concerned that should be a priority city wide, before we place the usual thin smear of overlay onto the crumbling streets of our town.

What are the plans for the area once this beautification project($4.2??) is completed?
Are there prospective tenants that will open shops the average Vallejo resident is willing to patronize ....or are we relying and waiting for the tourist hordes arriving via Ferry to frequent them?
only work here

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Feb 15, 2013
 
this is from the first obamination, the a.r.r.a funds to make work. it is wishful thinking at it's best. right smack in the middle of it, council approves more affordable housing to compliment 201 maine, but oh, this is different, it's for artistes!
no council, no mayor has or will ever stand up to protest the city's mission to increase affordable housing. i cannot find another city in the county where increasing the affordable housing supply is a proudly proclaimed core value of that city. and despite this documented path for all to see, the vocals still insist on high tech jobs to attract high caliber citizens and homebuyers. what is their plan for the rest of this entitled bums all over the city. they weather is getting warmer and they are coming out like zombies now, pushing shopping carts, mumbling to themselves, scowling at you. and that's just the ones you can see, the others are breaking into your homes and cars, robbing and burglarizing, killing you if they feel like it.
i thank god i live in another city.
GEE

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only work here wrote:
this is from the first obamination, the a.r.r.a funds to make work. it is wishful thinking at it's best. right smack in the middle of it, council approves more affordable housing to compliment 201 maine, but oh, this is different, it's for artistes!
no council, no mayor has or will ever stand up to protest the city's mission to increase affordable housing. i cannot find another city in the county where increasing the affordable housing supply is a proudly proclaimed core value of that city. and despite this documented path for all to see, the vocals still insist on high tech jobs to attract high caliber citizens and homebuyers. what is their plan for the rest of this entitled bums all over the city. they weather is getting warmer and they are coming out like zombies now, pushing shopping carts, mumbling to themselves, scowling at you. and that's just the ones you can see, the others are breaking into your homes and cars, robbing and burglarizing, killing you if they feel like it.
i thank god i live in another city.
Well, I can appreciate your concern. You have said what many are only thinking but not willing or able to put into words.
It is considered politically incorrect to mention what is visible even to the most vision inpaired individuals.
We are in the farming business, we tend the fields like ants vs. aphids, at least the ants get some benefit from all that coddling, whereas the Vallejo resident farmers do not get to harvest anything!

If we ever were to attract hi-tech employers,any large scale employers, they most likely will bring along a pool of workers from other communities and/or countries.
Since we do not have economic development and the associated jobs that would even employ those willing to work, we continue to attract those the city can derive an income from, via the Feds.

See above farming example.
Can Of Worms

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Anybody notice how bad the streets are in Vallejo? The city keeps using grants for downtown development yet I'm sure there's no tax revenue derived from this wasteful spending. How about fixing the streets that all citizens use first?
Look Out Jack

Benicia, CA

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Feb 15, 2013
 
What an irony if the commercial space lands a coffee shop that will suck the life out of Java Jax.

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