Our site on 3rd Street between the Railroad and the Trackside Alley has a long history of uses that date back to the founding of Davisville: stabling, manufacturing, light industrial, hotel and for the past 40-50 years, commercial with retail, services and office. 3rd Street is the major east-west connector street from the Core Area of Davis to UC Davis. Our new building would serve as the eastern anchor to the long-envisioned “Main Street” mixed-use corridor.
Illustration (1915) jof the Schmeiser Manufacturing Company facilities bordering 3rd Street
A group of Davis residents purchased this under-utilized site in October 2014 with the goal of invigorating our downtown with a high-quality building that will be locally owned for many decades. Our collaborative, design-build process began with a thorough review of the many national, state and local laws, strategies, plans, and guidelines that inform smart growth best practices. As with any complex situation, some of these policies are in direct conflict with one another and in order to move forward, a set of overriding priorities must be determined.
In the case of the proposed new building at Trackside Center, it was clear to us that climate change and smart growth public policies were more important than older guidelines for aesthetic design. So, while recognizing the importance of neighborhood “fabric”, we focused our design around the more recent best practices focused on climate change adaptation, increased urban density, and sustainable communities with strong pedestrian, bicycle and transit oriented infill.
Our vision for Davis is a thriving, evolving, sustainable, resilient, diverse, sophisticated, equitable and prosperous community that is a worthy host city to world-class UC Davis.
Guiding Public Policy Documents
*A 2007 update focused solely on the 3rd & B St / University neighborhood
Guiding Principles for Trackside Center Redevelopment
With ongoing input from the company’s large group of investors, neighbors in Downtown Davis and Old East Davis, senior City Staff, Davis City Council members and other community leaders, we have created a set of Guiding Principles that we will continue to use through the application process, building and operation.
Create a Distinct Sense of Place for the Entire Community to Enjoy
Authentic Architecture that is Contextual to Downtown Davis and Old East Davis
Sustainably Designed and Built, yet Practical and Buildable
Adaptable and Flexible Design that Anticipates Future Technologies
Urban Sophistication, University Town Charm with Universal Accessibility
Embrace Historic Relationship to Railroad
Alignment with 2014-16 Davis City Council Goals
The Davis City Council adopted community-wide goals for 2014-16, subtitled “Working Together to Make Davis a Better Place to Live, Work, Visit and Play”. The Trackside Center redevelopment proposal is in alignment with these goals.
|2014-2016 CITY COUNCIL GOALS||PROJECT ALIGNMENT|
|Ensure fiscal resilience||More valuable tax base; net $ benefit to City|
|Drive innovation and economic vitality||Creation of housing options to attract entrepreneurial creative class|
|Pursue environmental sustainability||Low GHG & Carbon lifestyle, water conservation, build up not out|
|Build and promote a vibrant downtown||Transit-oriented, dense, mixed-use infill|
|Promote community||Universal Access; Support of community events: Picnic Day, Davis Music Fest, May is Bike Month, 2017 centennial|
|Fund, maintain, and improve infrastructure||Improved sidewalks, alley; improved traffic circulation; on-site storm water treatment; utilities undergrounding|
|Ensure a safe and healthy community||Promotes walkable/bikeable lifestyle; 24-hour presence of residents will deter crime in neighborhood|