Renewing the Heart of a City
The Tomato Festival is getting a new home! This Downtown area, where Fairfield's century-long history began, creates an important first impression of the community and it’s where civic events like the Tomato Festival and parades are held. It’s also home to government services and unique retail and restaurants.
The Heart of Fairfield Plan will transform the Downtown and West Texas Street neighborhoods of the City. Through a Proposition 84 grant-funded project, the community has been deeply involved in prioritizing improvements for both the public and private realms, including specific Complete Streets solutions for major roadways. The Plan calls for new retail, commercial and residential uses, supported by a re-imagined West Texas Street with a reduced number of travel lanes (road diet), allowing room for cycle track, street trees and improved landscaping, enhanced pedestrian amenities and safety, and new restaurant space within the right-of-way. And a large nearby right-of-way will provide desperately needed park and open space.
The Specific Plan and EIR were crafted so that the City could streamline the first round of development projects—the majority of needed entitlements and environmental review were already covered by the documents. This created a strong regulatory and financial incentive for new development projects, fueling the City’s incentives for new development that is consistent with the community’s vision.