Community Development – Central Business District
This program is responsible for the implementation of the Community Development Commission’s (“CDC”) redevelopment and affordable housing activities within the Central Business District (“CBD”). The function of the CBD is to foster economic revitalization of the downtown area by improving the infrastructure, promoting the existing retail and restaurant industries, enticing private investment in new commercial and housing development, managing and expanding parking facilities, and developing and sustaining a state-of-the-art movie theater in the Downtown.
Tax Allocation Revenue Bonds (TARB) Projects
Downtown Street Tree and Sidewalk Replacement Project ($3,500,000)
- Completed October 2008, the Downtown Street Tree and Sidewalk Replacement Project included sidewalk replacement, curb and gutter upgrades, trees and landscaping (including the installation of structural soil and irrigation), new site furnishings, and underground electrical improvements.
Infrastructure Improvements Phase II ($750,000 Bond Revenues)
Project Boundaries: The Meta Street area between Fifth Street and Wooley Road, on the east side of Oxnard Boulevard.
- Downtown Lighting Improvement Program Phase II – This program improved downtown lighting by replacing and upgrading streetlights with nostalgic-style lamp poles, adding streetlights, and enhancing existing parking lot lighting. Construction was completed in October 2008.
- Downtown Parking Lot Improvement Program Phase II –Two public parking lots were improved by slurry sealing and re-striping, and eight alleys were reconstructed and/or slurry sealed. Construction was completed in September 2008.
Infrastructure Improvements Phase III ($750,000 Bond Revenues)
- Phase III of the lighting improvements and the parking lot/alley improvements will take place throughout the remainder of the CBD and are scheduled for completion in Summer 2010.
Park Improvements ($500,000 Bond Revenues)
- Park improvements included enhancements to Plaza Park landscaping and walkways and the addition of street furniture.
- Additional park improvements will be made to other areas of the downtown as further development of family housing occurs, such as in the Meta District.
Downtown Façade and Paint Improvement Program ($250,000 Bond Revenues)
- Implemented in 2006 and continuing until funds are exhausted, the Façade and Paint Improvement Program was created to assist Downtown businesses in enhancing the exteriors of their buildings, including: improved signage, painting, lighting, landscaping, awnings, and other building treatments. The program includes financial assistance for both architectural and creative design services and the actual physical building improvements.
- Additional funding sources are also being used for the Infrastructure Improvements and the Façade and Paint Improvement Programs
- Housing Projects:
- HOME Corp – est. 24 townhomes (all affordable) in Meta District. Estimated completion 2010.
- Monitor housing deed restriction requirements for State & legal compliance
Centennial Plaza, the Swift Building, the Marketplace and Ruby’s Café – Monitor Disposition and Development Agreements for compliance
Downtown Parking Structure – Monitor parking structure maintenance fee collection from Theater operator pursuant to lease agreement
Meta District Study – Provide input to Planning Division and consultant and participate in community workshops
Heritage Square (HS) – Oversight of Heritage Square programs, facility rentals, and property maintenance
Farmer’s Market – Oversight of Farmer’s Market program
Downtown Business Improvement District (PBID) – Continue to support the PBID in its management efforts by serving as a resource to staff and as a participating member
Community & Economic Development Department: (805) 385-7407