(Press Release from Nishi Developers) On Tuesday, February 16th the Davis City Council voted unanimously to put the Nishi Gateway project on the ballot for voter consideration this June. This is the first time in the history of a Measure R project that the council voted unanimously – sending a strong message to the voters of the many community benefits derived from the project.
The Davis City Council’s 5-0 decision comes on top of support we’ve received from 10 former mayors and council members, the Davis Chamber of Commerce, and the ASUCD student government. Furthermore, 300 of your neighbors, many of whom are leaders in business, education, and environmental advocacy, have also endorsed the project. Will you join them in voting for or even endorsing Nishi?
Now that it’s on the ballot, I hope you’ll visit http://www.davisfornishigateway.com to learn more about this project. Here are a few highlights:
- It creates up to $1.4 million annually for city services like park maintenance and programs for youth and seniors, all without new taxation on existing residents.
- It generates up to $385 million in annual economic activity and up to $108 million in annual wages.
- Brings patrons to our downtown businesses, our central business district, increasing sales tax revenue.
- It creates 1,500 to 1,800 permanent jobs.
- With 325,000 square feet of research and development space, it will bring small businesses to the City of Davis that emerge from technologies developed at UC Davis.
- Nishi would be the most sustainable project in Davis history. 85% of energy use will be generated from onsite renewable energy, and it would be the first project in Davis to exceed our Beyond Platinum Bicycle Action Plan.
- The developers are paying for a new road to campus (under the Union Pacific Railroad) and Richards interchange improvements to improve traffic and safety, and new bike paths and parks connected to the Davis Bike Loop.
- The modern and accessible for sale condos/flats at Nishi will be perfect for seniors looking for more manageable housing near downtown and campus.
- The 1,500 beds for students will help alleviate the student housing crisis and decrease the pressure of mini-dorm conversions in our neighborhoods.
If you have any questions about the project, please reply to this e-mail and let us know. We want to know what matters most to you about development in Davis, what you like most about Nishi and where you might have lingering concerns.