Fairfield looks to the future as downtown plan takes shape
FAIRFIELD – Fairfield is looking to grow going forward despite the setbacks of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen the loss of some small businesses and larger ones.
Northeast Fairfield is expected to experience substantial growth of 8,000 to 10,000 housing units planned for this area over the next 20 to 30 years, according to Fairfield City Manager David Gassaway.
“We plan for the long term,” he said.
Along with this idea of new homes, there are plans to address homelessness issues with several development areas with low income housing. The idea is to have about half of some of the units available for those who have just come out of programs or are at risk of homelessness, Gassaway said.
This plan envisages development over the next two years.
The city is currently working on downtown revitalization with new stop signs, adding bike lanes, and improving infrastructure with sewer and water upgrades. The city plans to add broadband cabling as it improves sewer and water lines.
The city recently changed several downtown streets to one-way streets and added stop lights to ease pedestrian traffic.
As part of the Heart of Fairfield plan, which encourages new businesses to come to the heart of the city, these changes will help accommodate the additional people coming to Fairfield.
The city plans to transform West Texas Street into a mixed-use community accessible by foot and bike.
The city recently approved a $400,000 small business grant to help those affected by the state’s stay-at-home order closures.
City officials want to see downtown revitalized into a place where families can hang out in the evening after a good dinner. To this end, the city plans to renovate storefronts and open more restaurants.
The plan includes adding art, trees and transforming the downtown into a destination.
The City has earmarked $150,000 for a facade program that will help businesses that want to revitalize their building downtown.
Fairfield is working to streamline the application process for developers and architects who want to build homes or businesses in the area.
The city is also considering several areas to be developed into affordable residential housing for many budgets.
Fairfield has long boasted an excellent quality of life, relatively low housing costs compared to the San Francisco Bay Area, and a good selection of retail outlets to make the community a pleasant place to be. for families to live and work.
Located midway between San Francisco and Sacramento, its leaders describe it as more than just a dormitory community for these major metropolitan areas.
They point to its strategic location, extensive transport links and easily accessible properties that make it a prime location for commerce.
The city’s status as a county town dates back to 1858 and helped spur growth, beginning with a doubling in population between the late 1850s and 1880s. It was incorporated in 1903.
A century later, more than 44,000 people lived in the city, a number that more than doubled in 2000 and now stands at 119,705, according to 2020 census figures updated July 1, 2021. Its growth demographic average is 2% per year.
Fairfield now covers over 40 square miles, almost the physical size of San Francisco.
Fairfield at a glance
- City hall: 1000 Webster Street, 707-428-7400
- Website: www.fairfield.ca.gov
- Acting City Manager: David Gassaway. Reach at 707-428-7401
- Mayor: Harry Price. Elected in 1997. Term expires in 2022. Contact 707-428-7395 or 707-422-4455 or [email protected]
- Deputy Mayor: Rick Vaccaro. Appointed 2008. Elected 2011. Term expires 2024. Contact 707-249-3533 or [email protected]
- Advise: Chuck Timm. Elected 2007. Re-elected 2014. Term expires 2022. Contact 707-429-6298 or 707-428-7402 or [email protected]
- Advisor:Catherine Moy. Appointed 2008. Elected 2009. Term expires 2022. Contact 707-639-0500 or [email protected]
- Advisor: Pam Bertani. Elected in 2011. Term expires in 2024. Contact 707-628-6974 or [email protected]
- Advise : Scott Tonnesen. Elected in 2020. Term expires in 2024. Contact 707-428-7400 or [email protected]
- Advisor:Doriss Panduro. Elected in 2020. Term expires in 2022. Contact 707-428-7400 or [email protected]