News Briefs: City Gets Grant for Gateway Project; Meet the New City Council



Davis Receives Grant for Downtown University Gateway Plan

The State of California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) has approved a grant of nearly $600,000 for the City of Davis Downtown University Gateway District Plan. The decision was made at the SGC’s June 13, 2014 meeting in Sacramento [copied from city press release]. The city’s application scored 97 out of a possible 100 points, which was the highest score of the 66 applications submitted.

The city, in collaboration with UC Davis and Yolo County, is embarking on a community-based planning process for the Downtown University Gateway District, which includes Davis Nishi Gateway (Nishi Property and West Olive Drive) and the adjacent UC Davis land. The 45-acre Nishi property is proposed as a walkable/bikeable, mixed-use district including university-related research park development complemented by high density urban housing and integrated into the UC Davis campus and downtown.

The press release continues: “This SGC grant will help fund analyses and environmental review for the Nishi Gateway project, along with transportation, water/wastewater, and open space plans for the Downtown University Gateway District. The competitiveness of the application was greatly enhanced by the participation of Yolo County as co-applicant, UC Davis as a collaborator, and SACOG as a partner.”

During public comment on the item, City Councilmember Lucas Frerichs stated, “Infill projects can often be difficult to construct, although we are well aware of the community benefits that come from infill done right. This grant will give us templates to shape the Gateway District as a model of sustainable development representing Davis community values.”

“It comes as no surprise that in an extremely competitive regional pool, this project rose to the top,” said Don Saylor, Chair of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. “The collaboration of county, city, and University has the vision and motivation to use this prime and unique location to become home to a regional landmark project.”

The city held two interactive public workshops on the Nishi Gateway at the end of May. Additional public participation opportunities are being scheduled. For further information, or to be added to the mailing list for the planning effort, go to


Robb Davis celebrates his election night victory with campaign manager Richard Livingston
Robb Davis celebrates his election night victory with campaign manager Richard Livingston

Davis Downtown Hosts Council Celebration

Davis Downtown is hosting a special event honoring the new Davis City Council.  The celebration will be on Monday, June 9, 2014, from 6pm to 8pm, at the Odd Fellows Lodge, 415 2nd Street in downtown Davis.

Downtown business owners and community members are excited to welcome and celebrate the newly-formed city council.

This event will be the first opportunity for the new 5-member city council to come together and share their goals for the coming months.

The celebration will honor the new city council consisting of current council members Dan Wolk, Lucas Frerichs and Brett Lee, re-elected council member Rochelle Swanson, along with newly-elected council member Robb Davis.

At the same time, Davis Downtown will honor the current city council for their hard work and dedication to our community over the past two years.  The current city council consists of Mayor Joe Krovoza, Dan Wolk, Rochelle Swanson, Lucas Frerichs, and Brett Lee.

All are excited to hear what the new council has planned for our community and how together we will strengthen relationships among business owners, business groups, the city council, and city staff, while establishing and maintaining our downtown as the primary business, entertainment, cultural and social center of Davis.

Davis Downtown’s Celebrate the new City Council will be held at:

The Davis Odd Fellows Lodge
415 2nd Street
Davis, CA 95616
6pm to 8pm
Live music, appetizers, and a no-host bar.

For more information visit:

Celebrate the new City Council is brought to you by Davis Downtown.

Sponsored in part by:
Davis Odd Fellows Lodge
Inspiration Point Catering
Abaton Consulting – Internet Marketing Solutions.


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