Downtown Revitalization Update

Downtown renovations and construction continues in Oakley. While the construction of Carpaccio’s Italian Restaurant and new La Costa Taqueria Restaurant were completed early this year, other improvements have also progressed.

Oakley’s City Council abandoned the proposal to renovate the former Centromart building into an expanded and stand alone Library, which would have necessitated a parcel tax. Instead, the Council approved the bid of Cross Development which plans to expand the existing building to primarily sell groceries as well as other household products in opening a DG Market grocery store.

ACE Hardware store owners, Tony Rogelstadt and Jerry Thorpe, closed escrow this past May, becoming the new landlords to the Oakley Plaza business tenants. ACE Hardware intends to expand and relocate to the Oakley Plaza, becoming the anchor business within the to-be-renovated strip mall. The City Council has already approved the design review for the façade improvements and awaiting the submission of construction plans.

The City, has completed the renovation of the parking lot to the Oakley Plaza to include landscaped medians, additional lighting, 130 new parking spots, and other improvements. Still to be completed is the landscaping within the parking lot, which will be completed soon.

The Downtown Plaza project commenced in May after the demolition of La Costa’s previous home. Goodland Landscape, who was awarded the bid, will construct the Plaza with a fountain centerpiece to stand between the new La Costa restaurant and the vacant retail space which will be home to a bakery, Republic of Cake.

Meanwhile, construction improvements continue along Main Street. The concrete on the north side of the restaurants is primarily complete and the median is installed. Now the focus has shifted to match the south side, closest to City Hall. The complete Main Street upgrade being performed by Bay Cities includes underground utility work, a complete re-work of the curb lines, including “pop outs” at the intersections, wider sidewalks and the installation of a roadway median.

In a statement posted on the City’s Facebook page the City assures the public that “every effort is being made to ensure taxpayers’ dollars are being spent effectively and efficiently in building a quality project that will be the hallmark of the downtown now and in the future, while also emphasizing the safety of Oakley residents and visitors.”

While currently an inconvenience to travel through, residents are thanked for their patience and reminded to look forward to the value added by the completed project when it yields a safe vehicle and pedestrian-friendly route through town, a destination for many events, and increased support of our local Downtown businesses.

Bay Cities, the contractor on site, continues to commit that the full Main Street project will be done by the end of June.

About Kevin

Mayor - City of Oakley, Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit, Transplan, San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority and RD 2137, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction
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