Santa Rosa City Council Plans for Downtown
The Sata Rosa City Council plans to advance a pair of potential deals with developers to alleviate the housing shortage in the city. The city wants to redevelop the parking garage on Third Street and the parking lot on Third and E streets. The city will face strong opposition from business and property owners for the plan. In 2020 the city approved a plan to add 7,000 new homes to the 720-acre downtown area by 2040. The city missed this mark. There have been extensive plans for this downtown development.
A lawsuit filed in Sonoma County Superior Court on February 28th challenges the city’s designation of the garage as surplus property, arguing that it is the most utilized public garage downtown and that the city used unreliable data from a parking study conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic to depress the occupancy rate at the garage.
Prediction: There will be fireworks over this plan.