As the centerpiece of a revitalized town center, FTS’ redesign of Castro Street has been a catalyst for its revitalization. The design reconfigured the main street from a 4-lane arterial to a 3-lane walkable street with special “flexible zones.” These zones serve as tree-shaded curbside parking or as on-demand outdoor café dining patios. Together with custom furnishings they create a unique district identity.
Prior to reconstruction, Castro Street's arterial road format did not support successful main street retailing.
As a 2/3-mile long, 4 lane street with parallel parking, Castro Street was overly auto-oriented in character.
Rents were low yet storefront vacancies were numerous.
A few inexpensive downtown eateries drew a lunch trade, but the area was deserted after dark.
A 1970's streetscape had added trees and patches of brick sidewalk pavers, but business had not improved.
In collaboration with:
Mark Thomas & Co., Inc., Andrea Cochran, Cathy Ashley, Sugimura Associates, DKS Engineering, The Engineering Enterprise