Final community workshop held for San Jacinto downtown revitalization plan

David Barquist, a Kimberly Horn and Associates consultant hired by the city of San Jacinto, looks over one of the artist renderings of what the downtown area might look like once a planned revitalization is completed. The renderings were on display at the Sept. 22 community workshop at the San Jacinto School District. Tony Ault photo

There was light attendance but high interest at San Jacinto’s latest session of the Downtown San Jacinto Specific Plan and General Plan Healthy Communities Element Community Workshop Wednesday, Sept. 22, at the San Jacinto Unified School District.

David Barquist, consultant for Kimberly Horn and Associates and hired by the city to prepare a Downtown San Jacinto Plan that conforms with the General Plans Healthy Communities Element, made the presentation to residents, members of the city council, planning commission and staff attending.

On display were artist renderings, plan descriptions and other information that could be incorporated in the downtown revitalization project along the city’s historic Main Street and other downtown areas with a pile of pens and Post-it notes. Those attending were able to review the plan and post their ideas that might be incorporated in the final downtown Specific Plan.

San Jacinto City Council, after applying for and receiving a $500,000 California Strategic Growth Council Sustainable Planning Grant and Incentives Program funded by Proposition 84 in 2015, hired Kimberly Horn to prepare a plan to revitalize the downtown area. The planning included several joint study sessions with the council, planning commissioners and public workshops. Residents and downtown merchants responded with their ideas at the two previous workshops.

The Sept. 27 workshop provided those attending with the latest plans seen for the downtown area.

Barquist reviewed the final and latest plans. He outlined four downtown districts that have been incorporated in the plan that included the commercial use core, the neighborhood core, the downtown core and the Transit Oriented Development Plan to be built on vacant land. Artist renderings of what each core might look like were displayed.

The plans thus far show how current downtown stores might look with new facades, widened streets, a mobility transportation center, wide sidewalks connected bikeways, pedestrian amenities and the sizes and types of new buildings that could be constructed on the vacant land. The revitalization would be designed to attract residents, shoppers and visitors to the downtown area that is steeped in history.

“The city of San Jacinto envisions a revitalized downtown which preserves the city’s rich cultural heritage and abundant natural environment, while activating the streets with pedestrian activity. The plan would support a network of multi-modal transportation corridors linking residents to downtown and the proposed public transit center and eventual commuter rail line terminal. The Specific Plan is an opportunity to revitalize abandoned and underutilized properties, Transit Oriented Development and incentives for green infill and mixed-use will reduce auto dependence and GHG emissions, improve infrastructure to facilitate active transportation, improve public health and spur private investment to strengthen the local economy,” according to the city project description.

Details and boundaries of the plan can be reviewed at www.ci.san-jacinto.ca.us/downtownspecificplan.

The plan includes Main Street and encompasses the streets of Bissell, Scovell, Kellam and Dillon in the Transit Oriented Development area.

Kimberly Horn and Associates consultant, David Barquist, goes over the Specific Plan for revitalizing historic downtown San Jacinto during the community workshop, Sept. 22. Tony Ault photo

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