Progress Report: Bell Rooms Purchase Approved
On September 16th, the second amendment to the Purchase & Sale Agreement for the Bell Rooms was approved by the board of Redding Area Bus Authority.
- Located at the corner of Shasta & California Streets in downtown Redding.
- Adaptive reuse project: taking an old building or site, and reusing it for new purposes.
- Designed by local architect, Trilogy Architecture
- 3 key components:
- bike-friendly café/restaurant
- gated courtyard
- bike depot, (site of bikeshare program operations)
- About bikeshare:
- Bikeshare is a service in which bicycles are made available for shared use to individuals on a short-term basis.
- Anticipated users include downtown residents for commuting purposes, for recreational rides for locals, and well as tourists.
- Bikeshare program helped make Redding’s application competitive in our successful pursuit of $24 million state grant funding for downtown (funding source for bikeshare: Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities, together with grant co-applicants: K2 Land & Investments and the City of Redding).
- Bike depot will also include safe bike parking, which is one of the #1 barriers cited for why people don’t bike more downtown.
- Development links to forthcoming Downtown Loop bike path:
- Located along planned route of Diestelhorst to Downtown cycle track (construction by City of Redding to begin in 2020)
- Connects to funded, but not yet built cycle track which is also funded through the same AHSC grant, to connect downtown Redding with the Sundial Bridge/Sheraton/Civic/Rodeo/Shasta EDC area.
- We intend to commence construction November 2019.
- Fall 2019 The McConnell Foundation to release public Request for Proposals for bike-friendly café/restaurant
- Mid-way through construction, cycling encouragement programming to begin in partnership with nonprofit organization, Shasta Living Streets.
- Anticipated completion May 2021.
Big picture, vibrant downtowns are bikable and walkable. This development is intended to signal: Cyclists welcome–Downtown is a place for you!
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