Downtown Rohnert Park

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In April 2022, we purchased our future downtown site at the corner of Rohnert Park Expressway and State Farm Drive. While it will be some time before you see changes to the property, we are making progress.

For the past several months, we have worked with experts including developers, planners, and other cities which have completed similar downtown projects. We’ve also looked into how much retail space the property will support, options for housing, and environmental factors. 

Proposed Downtown Backbone Infrastructure

              Map of proposed downtown infrastructure

Following this preliminary work, the City Council approved initial concepts for the property. The concepts divide the property into four sections, plus a park:
• One of the larger sections will focus on retail, including shops and restaurants which residents have long desired. Our analysis shows that the property can support a "town center" with 140,000 to 150,000 square feet of space or a "village center" with 80,000 to 90,000 square feet of retail space. 
• A second large section will include market-rate housing, such as apartments, townhouses or both. One of the two smaller sections will be for affordable housing for those with lower incomes, a state requirement. We expect to have 450-500 housing units in total.
• The final smaller section will include a hotel. We also plan to add parks along Enterprise Drive. 

The City will work with developers on the details for each section. The details include the types of housing, the locations of more streets and paths as well as other features such as lighting. It is too early to know the final design, which depends on factors such as construction costs and economic conditions. We aim to create an active, walkable and attractive downtown for all residents to enjoy. 

The City Council also approved designing and building major pieces of infrastructure. They include: 
• One street will run north to south through the property
• One street will run east to west.
• There will be more streets in the final detailed plans. 
• Underground utilities along these streets. 
• A pedestrian crossing with traffic lights between the site and the library. 
• Parking and an entrance to the property along Rohnert Park Expressway. 
• Demolition and recycling of the existing building foundation and parking lots. 
• Measures to control stormwater. 

We expect the construction phase of this project to begin no later than summer 2024. We will continue to develop and evaluate options for moving this key community project forward.

Agreement of Purchase and Sale and Joint Escrow Instructions (PDF)

April 20, 2022 Agenda Item

June 23, 2022 Planning Commission Meeting 
1. Project Overview (14:46 to 19:05)
2. Public Outreach (21:15 to 24:02)
3. Next Steps (24:30 to 31:25) 

August 1, 2022 Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting
1. Downtown Update (11:15 to 43:41)

November 22, 2022 - City Council Meeting
1. Discussion and Direction Regarding the Proposal to Accelerate Major Backbone Infrastructure to Facilitate the Development of a Walkable, Mixed-Use, Downtown Area


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