Downtown

Downtown

MAKING PROGRESS ON YOUR DOWNTOWN

Here is what you will see happening over the next few months.

HAPPENING NOW

  • Veterans Way will be completed summer 2019.
  • Demolition of the SpeeDee Lube building at the corner of Livermore and Railroad Avenues and installation of temporary parking at the site will begin spring 2019.

WHAT’S NEXT

  • Construction of trash compactor enclosure next to Bankhead Theater starts summer 2019.
  • Stockmen’s Park construction starts fall 2019.
  • I Street Parking Garage construction starts early 2020.
  • Hotel construction starts 2020.
  • Retail construction starts 2020.
  • L Street Parking Garage construction starts 2021.
  • Housing and cultural facilities to be scheduled in future years.

Schedule current as of March 2019.

For questions related to the Downtown Project, please call 925-960-4400.

Recent Events 

Downtown development continues to move forward. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new east/west street running from South Livermore Avenue to South L Street was held on Friday, November 2nd. The ceremony featured a presentation of the new street sign depicting the name, Veterans Way, honoring  the veteran community and the countless contributions veterans have made to ensure the safety and well-being of all. Construction has begun and is anticipated to be completed in late spring 2019. Veterans Way will provide diagonal parking and convenient access to the future Stockmen’s Park and other nearby amenities, such as the new retail buildings to be constructed by Red Bear Property Management.  

City Council approved a development agreement with Red Bear to construct and operate the new retail development. Envisioned as an expansion of Blacksmith Square, the design will reflect Livermore’s history and community character, maintain the existing intimate courtyard setting, and add approximately 8,600 square feet of architecturally similar retail space, with some of the storefronts opening onto Stockmen’s Park.

Residents and visitors alike will enjoy the new establishments by the end of 2020, approximately the same time as the opening of Stockmen’s Park. Red Bear is an experienced developer that has constructed and operated many high quality, appealing properties, including Livermore’s existing Blacksmith Square and Pleasanton’s Rose Hotel.

Council approved final design plans for the L Street Parking Garage and the landscape design for the open space and Stockmen’s Park.

 

L Street Parking Garage  

  • 5 levels of parking space

  • Approx. 500 garage parking spaces with 20-25 ADA spaces, 30 electric vehicle spaces, and 30 bicycle spaces

  • 48 surface parking spaces with 3 ADA spaces (behind First Street businesses)

  • State-of-the-art parking technology
    Open Space  
  • 3.5 acres of open space

  • 1.5-acre Stockmen’s Park

  • 8-foot tall Stockmen’s Park monument

  • Playground and interactive public art

  • Outdoor dining facing Stockmen’s Park

 

COMING SOON – new details and renderings of a 3-story boutique hotel at the southeast corner of Livermore Avenue and Railroad Avenue next to the Bankhead Theater.

Stockmen's Park Groundbreaking

On Saturday, May 19th over 100 people attended the ground breaking of Stockmen's Park. Stockmen's Park will be located south of Blacksmith Square on Livermore Avenue. The 1.5-acre, horseshoe-shaped park will honor Livermore's veterans and ranching heritage. It will also serve as the focal point of over 3.5 acres of public open space and green space running from Livermore Avenue to South L Street.   

Stockmen's Park ground breaking

Implementation of the Downtown Plan is underway!

Because parking was the number one concern of the community, a new parking structure on South L Street is scheduled to break ground in spring of 2019. In order to maintain the current amount of parking during construction of the parking structure, the City has demolished two vacant buildings behind Blacksmith Square and is improving the surface lot. 

Construction of the new east-west road connecting L Street to Livermore Avenue will start later this year. The City Council has approved the design of the L Street parking garage and the boutique hotel by Presidio Companies.

The City selected RRM Design Group as the Stockmen’s Park landscape architect. The City has also selected developers for the new commercial buildings, cultural facilities, workforce housing, and artists for the art in Stockmen’s Park. Information kiosks near the project site are updated periodically as progress continues.

Project History