Novato council weighs business ideas for former depot

The town of Novato is renewing an hard work to remodel a former educate depot into what could turn out to be a gateway into downtown, with early proposals ranging from beer gardens to a organization pop-up spot.

The town-owned property at 695 Grant Ave. sits future to the downtown Sonoma-Marin Location Rail Transit station and qualified prospects straight into the main small business block in Outdated City.

Right after obtaining the .88-acre house from Clever in 2012, the city has been employing it as an overflow parking whole lot.

The town commenced checking out potential progress possibilities for the web-site in 2018 in 2019. The effort was delayed by staffing changes and the coronavirus pandemic, according to town personnel.

This yr, nevertheless, the metropolis gained a few unsolicited proposals for the previous depot.

On Tuesday, the council reviewed opening a formal application procedure later on this year. Several council members expressed fascination in the beer yard concepts.

“I feel there has to be a true desire in what we do with attracting persons coming off the Smart practice and moving to other elements of the group that we want,” Councilman Mark Milberg mentioned for the duration of the conference. “Whether it’s the other aspect of downtown, no matter whether it is Hamilton — regardless of what we can do to proceed to raise some pleasure in the course of all of Novato I assume would be amazing.”

Two organizations — the Hometown Development Team and the San Francisco Brewing Co. — built separate pitches for a beer backyard garden and a food stuff court docket that would use repurposed transport containers.

Andy Podshadley, proprietor of Trek Vineyard in Novato, proposed a local community and organization region where retail and foods suppliers can set up cottages, as well as areas for performances and open up area.

The Novato-based mostly Hometown Improvement Team proposes a practice-themed beer backyard garden and cafe identified as the Novato Depot. It would involve a kitchen, songs stage, bocce ball courts, a dog park, a hearth pit and teach-car dining parts.

“As a area team, we’re vested in a successful layout that accommodates the city’s desires, and we’re open up to obtain anything that will work for all the council associates,” enterprise representative Patrick Wallen informed the council.

The San Francisco Brewing Co. also proposed a beer yard and foodstuff hub working with repurposed delivery containers. Enterprise operator Josh Leavy explained to the council claimed he has experience doing the job at more mature web pages, possessing presently set up a taproom and restaurant in San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square. The depot web site would contain 4 to 5 foods sellers, with the brewing company currently being the learn tenant.

“It’s a ideal site for building a local community all over food items and drinks,” Leavy told the council.

Podshadley proposes to use the internet site to develop a “depot village,” like the likely for smaller retail cottages built soon after Novato homes. He also proposes open up area with fire pits, a potential group yard and a overall performance space for unamplified new music.

“Construction will be reliable with all of the downtown organizations so it’s not heading to be standing out like a sore thumb,” Podshadley instructed the council.

The council raised queries about parking, the reuse of the aged depot developing and outreach to neighboring people about sounds.

Council members also voiced issues about working with the web-site for retail, supplied that some storefronts in downtown are vacant.

Councilwoman Susan Wernick and Councilwoman Denise Athas explained beer gardens are a popular attract and would be a conference place for equally more youthful and more mature inhabitants.

“That’s a big attraction,” Wernick mentioned. “We want what ever goes in there to be thriving.”