3 North Street / Farmers' Market Site Adaptive Reuse Project
The City purchased the 3 North Street site in the 2000's with the intent to redevelop the property. The economic downturn and subsequent dissolution of Redevelopment Agencies by the State of California stalled work on the project. (Read more about the history of the site here.)
In 2015, City Council authorized $1.57 million in funding to begin the adaptive reuse/redevelopment of the property as part of the City's Capital Improvement Program.
In the summer of 2015, the City retained the services of TLCD Architects of Santa Rosa with local representation from Alan Cohen Architect to lead the design process. As part of the design process the City completed environmental testing of the site with the firm EBA Engineering out of Santa Rosa in the fall and early winter of 2015-2016. Finally, in late 2016 the City added Andrea Cochran Landscape Architects out of San Francisco to the design team to assist with site design.
Concept Design: July 2016-August 2016
The first step in moving this project forward was developing concepts based on City Council's direction in 2015. This process involved a number of different design approaches and significant public input. The concept design process was completed in August of 2016 when City Council provided direction and moved the project into the schematic design stage.
Schematic Design: September 2016-May 2017
The project schematic design stage concluded on May 15, 2017 when City Council approved the schematic design and ordered the project to enter the funding development stage and design review/CEQA process.
Funding Plan: City Council had previously allocated $1.57 million for design and initial funding for the project. As part of the FY18-20 budget process City Council reallocated the remaining funding (approximately $1.3 million) to Badger Park and River Access improvements. Staff worked with representatives of the Parks and Recreation Commission and the community on funding options.
January 2020 Update: On January 13, 2020, the City received a pledge from the Foley Family Foundation to fund the project in an amount of up to $7,000,000. City Council is considering this pledge along with alternative options for constructing affordable housing on the site.