Throughout most of the 20th Century, the city’s property at 2212 Beach Boulevard served as the Sharp Park Waste Water Treatment Plant, a facility that provided service for many of the city’s residents.
Following the completion of the Calera Creek Water Recycling Plant in 2000, the Sharp Park facility was no longer necessary, and its water treatment components were removed from the site.
Since that time, most of the three-acre site has been essentially vacant and used by the city and Recology for truck parking and miscellaneous storage. However, the property has also played several other important roles: The Council Chamber building along Montecito Avenue hosts council and other civic meetings; a parking lot provides public parking access to the beach and Promenade; and the small pump station building on site still plays a part in the City’s waste water system.
Open House Schedule
|Tuesday||August 16||7:30 - 9:30pm||Council Chamber Building|
|Thursday||September 15||7:00 - 9:00pm||Council Chamber Building|
For the last decade, the City has recognized that the Beach Boulevard property offers the community an exceptional opportunity for potential redevelopment and revitalization due to the site’s location—adjacent to both the beach and the Palmetto Avenue “main street”—and it’s size and public ownership.
Several independent evaluations of the site have concluded that—from the points of view of public policy, real estate economics, and urban design—it has the potential to accommodate a combination of the following uses: housing, lodging, restaurant, a small amount of retail, civic uses, and public spaces. (Conversely, other uses, such as extensive office employment, large amounts of retail, and industrial are unlikely to work on the site.) Any future development on the site should enhance residents’ connection to the waterfront, exemplify the type of attractive and high quality development that Pacifica can be proud of, and potentially achieve other goals.
This mix of uses provides a starting point that will be tested, refined, and adjusted during this phase of work. It will allow City staff, residents, and consultants to “test a thesis.” A recommended development concept presented to the City Council in February 2011 is shown above. The full report, Beach Boulevard Property Development Evaluation, can be downloaded here.
Within this context, the City has initiated this effort to evaluate and move ahead with the redevelopment and revitalization of the site. Specifically, the goals of this effort include:
The project team is collecting public input about the following types of questions. You are invited to submit your ideas via the email contact above, or in person at the Open Houses, also listed above.
The Council Chambers building (above) at the Beach Boulevard Property, and Pacifica Pier, located just north of the property.
Beach Boulevard Property Redevelopment Evaluation, February 2011.
General Plan Update Project link. This process provides context and direction for the Beach Boulevard Property plan.
During the summer and early fall, the project team will be conducting due diligence, public outreach, site engineering and regulatory analysis, and other activities in order to understand all the opportunities and constraints associated with redevelopment. In September, the project team expects to present refined redevelopment schemes to the City Council and community. During the fall, the project team will be working with the Council to determine how to implement the plan, probably through a public-private partnership. Throughout the process, the team will be evaluating and refining its approach to site engineering and other site issues, and updating this web site with specific dates as they are confirmed.