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Contra Costa County
Community Development Department
Redevelopment Division
The Pleasant Hill BART
Station Design Charrette
February 24, 2001 Design Charrette Update 

To all: area residents, commuters, business owners, employees,
neighborhood and community leaders, and anyone interested in this process! Thank you for your continued interest in the NEW URBAN DESIGN CHARRETTE for
the Pleasant Hill BART Station Area.

As you know, this is the continuation of a process that began back in January with a kick-off meeting attended by nearly 200 people on January 16, 2001. On Thursday night, February 22nd, we had a great meeting that was attended by over 200 people... we appreciate all of your input and feedback! We learned a lot --- and we continue to learn as we develop ideas and bounce them off you and eachother. This week - during the Charrette - a team of architects, planners, urban designers, economists, financial consultants, transportation planners, transit experts, and others, are gathered together at the Embassy Suites Hotel to work intensively on a plan for the Pleasant Hill BART station area. Then, in April, the team will be back to present their revised plans to the community.

The purpose of this message is to remind you of upcoming opportunities to participate in this exciting process, including a couple of new meetings that have been added in order to accommodate the amount of interest we have been receiving around several key issues.

Reminder: Open Door Policy:
We would like to reiterate that you are more than welcome to stop by our Design Studio at the Embassy Suites (the Grizzly Peaks room), anytime between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM, now through Tuesday, February 27th. This is probably one of the best opportunities to participate because this is the time when we can be available --- one-on-one --- to answer your questions, show you what we're working on, get your input, and have you help us! In all, that's 72 hours of opportunity for you to come and talk with us! So please stop by!

In addition, here are the more formal opportunities to participate during
the remainder of the Charrette:

Saturday, February 24th, 10:30 AM to Noon : "NEIGHBORS" WORKSHOP If you live in or around the BART Station Area - or if park there, work there, walk there, bike there or just hang around there a lot - this is a special opportunity for you to share your ideas and react to the works-in-progress.

Saturday, February 24th, 4:30 to 6:30 PM: PUBLIC REVIEW WORKSHOP
This more formal public meeting is a "hands-on" review of several possible development scenarios that have been developed in response to the input we have received at all previous meetings. Share your ideas and help us revise our scenarios or design alternative scenarios from scratch.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As part of this "Public Review" workshop, there will be a SPECIAL BREAK-OUT MEETING FOR THE LAS JUNTAS SWIM CLUB SITE.

Monday, February 26th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM: TRANSPORTATION - TRAFFIC -
CIRCULATION WORKSHOP.
In response to the input we received on Thursday night, and because these are such an important and complex issues, we have scheduled this separate meeting to talk about transportation, traffic and circulation. We will be sharing information, answering questions and providing a forum for discussion of these inter-related issues.

Tuesday, February 27th, 6:30 - 9:00 PM: PUBLIC WORKSHOP This is the final meeting of the Charrette week. It will be a combination of presentations and workshop-format discussion to review the preliminary design conclusions of the Charrette team. Let us know what you like, give us your feedback, and add more ideas to the mix.

ALL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD AT THE EMBASSY SUITES HOTEL AT 1345 TREAT BOULEVARD IN WALNUT CREEK.

We hope that you will be able to take advantage of as many of these opportunities as you can. Feel free to contact us via email (you can send comments to "kristen@cbdcom.com"), or you can call us at Embassy Suites at (925) 945-4951.

P.S. Please help us get the word out!

More information is also available on the website: www.cocoplans.org (We will continue to update the site with additional information or updates as they are available.)

Thanks again for your participation and support! Your help is exceedingly
important and greatly appreciated.

 

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