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Contra Costa County
Community Development Department
Redevelopment Division
The Pleasant Hill BART
Station Design Charrette


Dear Friend:

On behalf of Contra Costa County and BART, we are pleased to announce an exciting new process for the development of the BART property at the Pleasant Hill station. With the assistance of Peter Katz, author of The New Urbanism - Toward an Architecture of Community, we have retained a nationally recognized new urbanist design firm to develop a community-based plan for the future of the Pleasant Hill BART station area.If you care about:

future development on the BART property at the Pleasant Hill station, or
traffic in and around the Pleasant Hill BART station, or
parking at Pleasant Hill BART, or
services and facilities for area residents and employees, or
the proposed pedestrian/bicycle bridges, including the Iron Horse Trail bridge over Treat Boulevard, or
the ultimate uses of the Las Juntas Swim Club site,

then you will want to take part in this important process!

We believe that the time has come for us† - as a community - to take a careful look at the station area, identify whatís working, determine what we would like to improve, and together develop a shared vision for what we would like the station area to look like in the future.† We believe that the Pleasant Hill BART station area can be a part of our community that we can be proud of, and we are anxious to begin working toward that goal.

We canít do this without you!† You - as the local decision-makers, residents, employees, business owners, commuters, activists and community leaders - have the insight, experience, ideas, perspective, interest, commitment, and leadership to make this happen.† The success of this effort clearly depends on your involvement and support. You CAN make a difference!

We would therefore like to invite and encourage your participation in a new urbanist design charrette for the Pleasant Hill BART station area.† The first meeting of the charrette will be an important kick-off meeting on Tuesday, January 16, 2001 from 7:00 - 9:00 PM, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, located at 1345 Treat Boulevard in Walnut Creek.† This first meeting is designed to help improve the communityís understanding of the project and the process and the consultant teamís understanding of the communityís needs.† We want to hear from you - before the design work begins!

Then, February 22 through 27, 2001, you will have the opportunity to work with the design team as the design for the Pleasant Hill BART station area evolves over a six-day charrette.† The highlights of this charrette process will be three public workshops where you can participate in shaping the future of the station area.† A flier with meeting dates and times and some additional information is enclosed.

We are excited about this process and look forward to seeing you on January 16th at this important and informative first meeting.

Warm Regards,

Supervisor Donna Gerber
County of Contra Costa, District 3
Supervisor Mark DeSaulnier
County of Contra Costa, District 4

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