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Judi's iPad
31:28
Please commit to seeking local or at least regional eateries that offer something we don’t already have here. We have enough beer places! Please no chain restaurants. Same with retail.
patrice
32:45
Project #1.) Is there adequate parking to be able to accommodate both residents and some of the retail?
MAR
34:33
Where are we standing to see this view?
Kim Luke
35:24
That would be the view from Andy's Auto
Jane Barr - Eden Housing
36:01
Bring back betty's noodles
Cynthia Mathews
36:09
This view: the former Tampico site is the main bldge you see.
Judi's iPad
36:14
Do you consider that when there are restaurants on the ground floor, the cooking odors and noise from customers might bother some residents living above?
Carolyn Coleman (she/her/hers)
36:45
Betty’s is still here - Monster Pot at Front & Cathcart
Jane Barr - Eden Housing
37:11
Yes, but I think a Pacific Avenue frontage would be better for them
Darius M
37:21
Not to sound like a homeless hater, but is there “defensive architecture” features incorporated to prevent tents, sleeping etc?
Laura Marcus
37:23
More outdoor seating for restaurants should be available...
patrice
38:45
How many sf of retail in this project?
Carolyn Coleman (she/her/hers)
41:20
how many units of affordable housing in pac station north?
Judi's iPad
41:49
If these projects don’t provide parking yet residents own cars, doesn’t that mean that other people (tax payers) are subsidizing their parking without being asked to do so? Especially if a new garage is built.
Rafa Sonnenfeld
43:18
These projects are tax payer funded, and putting the parking in the building would be even more expensive.
Shelly D'Amour (she/her)
45:14
Why are we remaking our downtown to look like San Jose or Seattle or San Francisco? We are losing all the charm and quirky individuality of our town. Maybe the Metro project excepted, most of the housing proposed is not affordable for SC working families, and is for people who don’t live here. There are already many vacancies in existing high rises. Please give a definition of “affordable” in terms of rents.
patrice
46:44
So no parking for those using retail space?
Janis Coulter
50:31
Question for Garrett and Jessica: Will the sidewalk on the Pacific side be the same or will it be wider than it is currently?
RP California, USA
50:35
are these projects available to view outside this meeting? is this meeting recording available on the city Santa Cruz website?
Doug Erickson
50:56
Wow! Fantastic! About time we do more with our river front!
Eva (she/her)
51:01
Yes, why do we want to remake our downtown to look like San Jose? And what about infrastructure, especially water? Traffic? Parking? What is the city and the developers goal?
Laura Marcus
51:14
Beautiful design!
Chris Murphy
51:28
Agreed Laura!
Eva (she/her)
52:31
Hideous design
Doug Erickson
53:16
@Eva - not San Jose. Think Bend Oregon. And no reason to shame San Jose.
Kim Luke
53:54
So happy to see river-facing projects.
Shelly D'Amour (she/her)
53:55
Everything is way too tall, and way too “boiler-plate city” This could be anywhere. There is no sense of history, of the changes that occurred over the decades in the buildings. It’s all being swept away.
Judi's iPad
54:05
Rafa did not answer my question about subsidizing the parking for residents via taxpayers.
Eva (she/her)
54:54
@ Doug. Not shaming San Jose. Want to retain some semblance of our town. All of this development is drastic. Too tall. It completely changes everything.
Doug Erickson
55:00
Time for all cities to embrace higher density housing. This is a great example of doing the most with 5 stories and retaining our community values
Carolyn Coleman (she/her/hers)
55:08
Are these units all rental or will some be for sale? Who do we expect will be occupying these units? Will the market rents be affordable for our teachers, community service workers? Where will families with young children live? They can’t afford to buy $1M+ houses in our City. Are we building so much housing for Silicon Valley / Bay Area tech professionals who want to live near the beach, especially now since COVID that so many can work remotely?
Jorian Wilkins, Downtown Association of Santa Cruz
55:13
We will be getting to questions at the end as time allows. Thank you for keeping this chat civil and on topic!
Eva (she/her)
55:19
A developers dream.
Shelly D'Amour (she/her)
55:35
I’m interested in hearing what those community values are, and how these projects maintain them.
Eva (she/her)
56:32
Ditto Carolyn Coleman's questions.
Doug Erickson
57:16
@shelly - an example of community values is keep the height equal to other 5 stories buildings downtown. An example of not, if we did sky scrappers (legally defined as taller than 6 stories)
patrice
57:24
I cannot hear
Kamala Allison
57:52
turning off your video might help
Doug Erickson
58:09
Time to invest in infrastructure such as broadband for all
Shelly D'Amour (she/her)
58:39
@Doug - but the heights have crept up over time. They didn’t start out that way. The areas being bulldozed e.g. across from Zachary’s, are one story and in keeping with that area. Now it will be drastically out of proportion.
Doug Erickson
59:56
@shelly - I am glad times have changes. We now have ebikes rather than horse and buggy. We have vaccines for pandemics, we have a wonderful engaged community.
Rafa Sonnenfeld
59:57
The Paloma Hotel was 10 stories when it opened in 1930
Rafa Sonnenfeld
01:00:05
Palomar
Doug Erickson
01:00:26
@rafa - good point
Shelly D'Amour (she/her)
01:00:56
The Palomar was a signature building designed to stand out, not one of many.
Doug Erickson
01:01:12
And we have the Warriors! Hell yeah!
Shelly D'Amour (she/her)
01:03:32
I think the Warriors spot is appropriate. Turning toward the river is appropriate. 5-story ugly glass and concrete structures that are largely for upper middle class and rich folks is not the direction I want to see.
Shelly D'Amour (she/her)
01:04:37
Earthquake bracing? Also, looking at all that glass.
Zachary Davis
01:05:32
With the addition of all the retail square footage it strikes me that retailers will need the spending support of workers in the downtown engaged in dining and shopping. I’m wondering about the availability of Class A office space to attract companies for the “work” component of live/work/shop.
Judi's iPad
01:05:38
How will all these projects be coordinated so downtown businesses don’t suffer from major disruption, noise, dust, etc?
Judi's iPad
01:07:27
our bus system is inadequate. How can there be greater investment to make it a LOT better?
Shelly D'Amour (she/her)
01:08:25
Downtown used to be entirely occupied by local businesses. They have gradually disappeared from Pacific in favor of chains due to high rents. What about creating “affordable retail” space for locals to maintain a presence on Pacific?
Rafa Sonnenfeld
01:08:36
Bus systems need adequate housing density to justify adding service. At least 7 housing units per acre
Eva (she/her)
01:09:02
Will our community and even tourists really be able to support all of this proposed new retail? Where will all the tourists park?
patrice
01:09:11
Bus systems? what is that density requirement for fixed rail projects?
Joe Ferrara
01:09:31
a no car density is a nice dream for locals but where are we providing for our out of town visitors?
Doug Erickson
01:11:32
This is a smart plan, shifting from office space to affordable housing and housing. Most cities like SC saw 1/3 of retail businesses disappear in 2020. The new hybrid norm of distributed working will not go away. SC is reversing the no growth culture which has created the housing shortage, high rents, etc. Finally my children will be able to afford to live in their home town
Rafa Sonnenfeld
01:11:35
Light rail = 30 residents/jobs per acre within 1/2 mile of a stop to pencil out
Ana Paula’s iPhone
01:11:43
What is the address?Please don’t tell me this is our downtown commons.
Bob Lamonica
01:11:59
Autonomous vehicles are coming, eventually, to Santa Cruz as well. The technology is verging. The question of liability will be resolved.
Eva (she/her)
01:12:08
No car density is a nice dream, but why is it assumed that people who live downtown will work within walking/biking distance? Many folks will continue to commute over the hill. Traffic WILL only get worse
patrice
01:12:12
YES - this is the only open space remaining in downtown. This is MOSTLY a garage - in order to support the new projects.
patrice
01:13:14
with defensive architecture to keep "people we don't like"
Ana Paula’s iPhone
01:13:26
UNBELIEVABLE this was on the ballot and the community voted against.
lisa ekström
01:13:29
The City and City Council have consistently ignored and tried to tune out the enormous opposition to this project
Eva (she/her)
01:13:54
This is all theatre. It's all a done deal. k
patrice
01:14:10
The old library will be torn down & rebuilt - although at the moment, that is the main argument against keeping the library where it is.
Judi's iPad
01:14:28
the DLAC chose the mixed use project because they thought that would give the community a 44,000 sq ft library like the existing building. That is not affordable so the “new” library will be smaller.
lisa ekström
01:14:30
This is not a done deal
Shelly D'Amour (she/her)
01:14:33
The library is/was in a perfect location, in the midst of other City/public buildings, and all height appropriate.
Ana Paula’s iPhone
01:14:48
This is infuriating?Close connection to a tower of cement ?Where is the farmers market ?
RP California, USA
01:15:46
thank you for the meeting. keep up the hard work for the community everyone.
Doug Erickson
01:15:46
Anyone who has toured the current library or talked with the librarians who work there know that the asbestos and 1920 filtering system is hazardous to health.
Shelly D'Amour (she/her)
01:15:48
I still need an answer to my question about what “affordable” means in terms of rents.
Judi's iPad
01:15:54
How is it “green” to bring 400 cars into the center of town when there are already 4 garages downtown?
Ana Paula’s iPhone
01:16:04
Can someone here let me know what affordable means?
patrice
01:16:04
This will be one of the main parking structures in downtown - dragging cars across Pacific Ave making Pacific even less pedestrian friendly
Karen Simmons
01:16:26
Where is a place the public can gather? The levee allows you to pass others others but where can you stop relax and be in touch with nature? It is difficult to see how this project keeps with the value of Think Local and being blessed with such beautiful natural surroundings
Joe Ferrara
01:17:04
this will bring families downtown! I can't wait.
Shelly D'Amour (she/her)
01:17:43
People leaving their cars behind when moving downtown is the prevailing fantasy that allows developers to not create sufficient parking.
Laura Marcus
01:17:51
Thank you everyone for your commitment to improving downtown and creating space for affordable housing and services for our community
Ana Paula’s iPhone
01:19:33
City just passed an ordinance for unhoused people to sleep on the streets on my neighborhood. We need AFFORDABLE housing.I want to walk my neighborhood before I can even get downtown.Can we please refocus?We have 500 people needing house.
Margo
01:19:57
Fabulous question!!!!! So important to bring joy and beauty into the growth of downtown.
Doug Erickson
01:20:32
Interesting stat from AAA that was given to me verbally by an AAA employee. AAA saw a 30% increase of jumping cars (dead batteries) during 2020 and Q1 2021 because people are driving less.
David Guzman
01:20:32
The River Front Theater is a fabulous location and use for this space! This is exciting news. I love the vision.
Carolyn Coleman (she/her/hers)
01:20:51
go 418!!
David Guzman
01:21:02
Go 418!!
Eva (she/her)
01:21:18
418 Project at the River Front Theatre is a good use of that space.
Doug Erickson
01:21:35
Bikes and eBikes sales rocketed in 2020. Manufacturers can’t make enough bikes. Communities are driving less, riding bikes more
Megan McGuire, The 418 Project
01:21:38
www.the418project.org for more information
lisa ekström
01:21:39
Great news about 418 Project!
Aaron Stoetzel
01:21:47
So excited! Thanks Laura!
Judi's iPad
01:21:49
yay for the 418! hi
Cynthia Mathews
01:22:00
And this fits well with the theme of the Creative Community as part of our local economy. Check out the recording of the DTA’s previous seminar on that topic!
Bob Lamonica
01:22:18
Thank you for doing this.
Jorian Wilkins, Downtown Association of Santa Cruz
01:22:23
https://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/planning-and-community-development/development-projects
Carolyn Coleman (she/her/hers)
01:22:23
Love to hear how new developments will connect with local artists.
Ana Paula’s iPhone
01:23:00
I love the idea of a beautiful lively downtown but we have a big issue to solve here, unhoused people need help and I don’t go downtown because is unsafe.. now my sidewalk in front of my house on my way to kids my school..
Meg Corman
01:23:01
Thank you everyone!
Kim Luke
01:23:02
Thank you for this!
Jorian Wilkins, Downtown Association of Santa Cruz
01:23:05
https://www.cityofsantacruz.com/government/city-departments/planning-and-community-development/development-projects
Cynthia Mathews
01:23:05
Thank you DTA!
Candice Elliott (she/her)
01:23:11
Thank you!!
Laura Bishop, The 418 Project
01:23:13
the418project.org
Carolyn Coleman (she/her/hers)
01:23:14
Thank you for hosting these forums!