Monterey north fremont project bike lanes to revitalization electricity static electricity

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The $8.5-million project, which will include the implementation of Class IV bike lanes in the median of North Fremont Street and make the intersections between Casa Verde Way and Canyon Del Rey Boulevard both pedestrian-friendly and Americans with Disabilities Act compliant, is expected to kick-off in June. It’s designed to not only provide easier and safer access for pedestrians and cyclists but to help calm traffic along North Fremont Street. Both are improvements those with vested interests in the area hope serve as an impetus to draw more business and improvements.

On Tuesday, the Monterey City Council took a big step forward on the project by awarding the Granite Construction of Watsonville a contract for approximately $7.4 million. The project is part of the city’s North Fremont Specific Plan adopted in 2013 and amended in 2015. It is designed to jump start development, address infrastructure needs and improve the area’s pedestrian experience. The North Fremont Bike and Pedestrian Access and Safety Improvement Project is being paid for from grant money from the Active Transportation Program and the Regional Surface Transportation Program as well as from money from Measure X, Measure P and the Neighborhood Improvement Program.

“It’s going to be taken to a whole new level,” said Senior City Engineer Andrea Renny, noting the project is expected to take about a year to finish. “We’re hoping that the North Fremont project is going to bring a very attractive street and a catalyst for good changes to come to North Fremont and more development of bike lanes and pedestrian friendly facilities in Seaside and Del Rey Oaks.”

Renny did note that because a massive retaining wall would be needed for the section from Casanova to Highway 218 — part of the sidewalks and other project elements there would exceed $3 million – this last part of the project will be pursued once additional grant funding is found.

While it has not been officially submitted to the city yet, architect Paul W. Davis has presented plans to both officials and neighboring residents for the development, which includes commercial lease space, two floors of apartments and parking on the ground floor. It’s bordered by North Fremont Street, Airport Road and Bruce Lane.

“Right now we’ve submitted preliminary plans to the city to get comments from staff and now we’re completing the final planning drawings,” said Davis, noting that he’s in the process of finalizing the structure’s number of apartments, of which 20 percent will be affordable housing.

Ruccello held a meeting to discuss the project in which he invited residents from the neighborhood he represents as well as those from the Villa del Monte and the Del Monte Grove Laguna Grande neighborhoods and residents living on Bruce Lane.

According to Senior Associate Planner Todd Bennett, the city remains very eager to see the site developed with the appropriate project. That’s while other potential developments are in the works for the property at 2339 North Fremont that used to be Norma Jean’s Restaurant and the property at 2191 North Fremont, which was at one time a gas station. Local businessman Heydar Movahedi proposed a three-story development for that spot, which was previously denied but is expected to be re-submitted.

Cole noted that it was the act of getting the North Fremont Specific Plan approved that led to receiving the grant for the North Fremont Bike and Pedestrian Access and Safety Improvement Project. Specifically, she credited the strategic vision of the bike improvement project design that includes diagonal crosswalks that shorten the crossing distance of North Fremont.

“As a developer if you don’t see the infrastructure already there, you might not develop your property because it doesn’t seem viable,” said Svetich. “By adding this bike path and having the accessibility and infrastructure, it’s laying the groundwork and that will make a huge difference.”

The $8.5-million project, which will include the implementation of Class IV bike lanes in the median of North Fremont Street and make the intersections between Casa Verde Way and Canyon Del Rey Boulevard both pedestrian-friendly and Americans with Disabilities Act compliant, is expected to kick-off in June. It’s designed to not only provide easier and safer access for pedestrians and cyclists but to help calm traffic along North Fremont Street. Both are improvements those with vested interests in the area hope serve as an impetus to draw more business and improvements.

On Tuesday, the Monterey City Council took a big step forward on the project by awarding the Granite Construction of Watsonville a contract for approximately $7.4 million. The project is part of the city’s North Fremont Specific Plan adopted in 2013 and amended in 2015. It is designed to jump start development, address infrastructure needs and improve the area’s pedestrian experience. The North Fremont Bike and Pedestrian Access and Safety Improvement Project is being paid for from grant money from the Active Transportation Program and the Regional Surface Transportation Program as well as from money from Measure X, Measure P and the Neighborhood Improvement Program.

“It’s going to be taken to a whole new level,” said Senior City Engineer Andrea Renny, noting the project is expected to take about a year to finish. “We’re hoping that the North Fremont project is going to bring a very attractive street and a catalyst for good changes to come to North Fremont and more development of bike lanes and pedestrian friendly facilities in Seaside and Del Rey Oaks.”

Renny did note that because a massive retaining wall would be needed for the section from Casanova to Highway 218 — part of the sidewalks and other project elements there would exceed $3 million – this last part of the project will be pursued once additional grant funding is found.

While it has not been officially submitted to the city yet, architect Paul W. Davis has presented plans to both officials and neighboring residents for the development, which includes commercial lease space, two floors of apartments and parking on the ground floor. It’s bordered by North Fremont Street, Airport Road and Bruce Lane.

“Right now we’ve submitted preliminary plans to the city to get comments from staff and now we’re completing the final planning drawings,” said Davis, noting that he’s in the process of finalizing the structure’s number of apartments, of which 20 percent will be affordable housing.

Ruccello held a meeting to discuss the project in which he invited residents from the neighborhood he represents as well as those from the Villa del Monte and the Del Monte Grove Laguna Grande neighborhoods and residents living on Bruce Lane.

According to Senior Associate Planner Todd Bennett, the city remains very eager to see the site developed with the appropriate project. That’s while other potential developments are in the works for the property at 2339 North Fremont that used to be Norma Jean’s Restaurant and the property at 2191 North Fremont, which was at one time a gas station. Local businessman Heydar Movahedi proposed a three-story development for that spot, which was previously denied but is expected to be re-submitted.

Cole noted that it was the act of getting the North Fremont Specific Plan approved that led to receiving the grant for the North Fremont Bike and Pedestrian Access and Safety Improvement Project. Specifically, she credited the strategic vision of the bike improvement project design that includes diagonal crosswalks that shorten the crossing distance of North Fremont.

“As a developer if you don’t see the infrastructure already there, you might not develop your property because it doesn’t seem viable,” said Svetich. “By adding this bike path and having the accessibility and infrastructure, it’s laying the groundwork and that will make a huge difference.”