In May of 2002, the Santa Rosa Redevelopment Agency partnered with the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail
Transit Commission (SMART) on a station site feasibility study of the Railroad Square area. Santa Rosa and its Redevelopment Agency agreed to participate in a more focused
master site planning study that would explore issues and opportunities related to the
Santa Rosa Railroad Square station site.
At a joint study session of the City Council and the Redevelopment Agency, held November 5, 2002, the Redevelopment Agency presented the City/Agency’s portion of SMART’s feasibility study (see staff memo). Although local stakeholder groups were consulted as the memo indicates, the larger public interest was missed by not having a fully public planning process.
A description of the project, published in January 2004, provides a parcel map that gives the layout of the area.
The NPRA property is now owned by SMART. The Santa Rosa Canners LLC area includes the large brick building beside Santa Rosa creek, the water tower, and the blue building just north of the water tower.
The three sketches below, dated 11-July-2002, are conceptual plans for the station area, prepared by Eli Naor. This is the only plan so far made available to the public.