January 30: Nishi Discussion at University Park Inn


Innovation-Park-exampleThe Davis Vanguard will be co-hosting two forum discussions in January.

On Wednesday, January 13 from 7 to 9 pm at the Valente Room of the Davis Senior Center, there will be a presentation and discussion on the Mace Ranch Innovation Center.  Civenergy will co-sponsor this forum.

On Saturday, January 30 from 1 to 3 pm at the Conference Room of the University Park Inn will be a presentation and discussion on Nishi-Gateway. The discussion will be followed by a walking field trip to the site which is on an adjacent property.

Both events are free and open to the public.


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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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9 thoughts on “January 30: Nishi Discussion at University Park Inn”

    1. David Greenwald Post author

      Dan Ramos and his team will do a presentation, Rochelle Swanson and Mike Webb will be on hand to answer questions from the public related to the city at Wednesday’s forum.

  1. Jim Frame

    Last night I noted that the project without housing is proposed to have a FAR of 0.5, but with housing a FAR of 0.82.  When I asked why they didn’t scrub the housing and do commercial at 0.82 FAR, the consultant who responded said that the region can’t absorb that much innovation space.  Can someone remind me why we were considering 3 innovation centers again?

    How about just developing part of the Mace site at 0.82 (i.e. high-density) and leaving the rest in ag?

    What’s wrong with this picture?

    1. SODA

      I was not there Jim but agree with your sentiments. The Nishi discussion also has strayed from the ‘innovation park’ focus to housing. Ever since Rob White left we have lost the momentum or the stated need. WHich is it?

      1. Davis Progressive

        nishi was not really in the ip discussion.  it was always a mixed use, it did have a small r&d space, but feel this got too much play and was always a small part.

        i think the reason everything lost momentum is that the reason rob white was terminated was that they wanted to change direction.

    2. CalAg

      “the region can’t absorb that much innovation space”

      That’s obviously a self-serving talking point. If Davis was being smart about tech parks, we would entitle something on the order of 1,000 acres and require that the (1) development of the tech park properties proceed in phases, (2) the undeveloped lands remain in agriculture, and (3) the phasing plans maximize the acres of undeveloped land in agriculture. Under this scenario, most of the land is farmed for decades to come, and the city never has a lack of entitled tech park (office/R&D) land in it’s inventory that is shovel-ready/near shovel-ready. Opportunities to capture established tech companies are few and far between, and Davis is not competitive because we don’t have adequate available inventory or the ability to move on a timelines that are compatible with the end users.

  2. skeptical

    Why not have Ramos partner to develop his project on the Binning property and provide the Ramos property as mitigation?  Better industrial location on Hwy 113, better mitigation location at Mace.

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