Timeline Breakdown On Mixed-Use Project Elements​

  • 2004 - The City Staff recommends building a parking garage on Lot 4.
  • 2008 - City Council defers building a garage on Lot 4, because of an impending budget deficit due to a sever economic downturn - the Great Recession of 2007-2008.
  • 2013 - The 2013-2024 Santa Cruz Public Libraries Facilities Master Plan recommends renovating or rebuilding the library at its present location at Civic Center.
  • October 2015 - The planning Commission and Downtown Commission hear presentations by three parking consultants, who all recommend not building a new parking garage in Santa Cruz.
  • June 2016 - Voters overwhelming approve Measure S.  The campaign for Measure S prioritized renovation of the existing Downtown Library at our Civic Center.
  • September 2016 - Bait & Switch Begins:  Public Works and Library Staff meet to study the feasibility of relocating the library to Lot 4 attached to a 640-car garage.
  • December 2016 - The City Council votes to study spending Measure S funds on building a new library on the ground level of a parking garage instead of renovating it at the Civic Center.  The Council votes to create a Downtown Library Advisory Committee to review renovation or new-build at Lot 4.
  • 2018 - City Staff propose reducing the parking spaces from 640 to 600 to create space for affordable housing units.
  • November 2019 - The City receives Jayson Architecture's design plan for renovation of the existing library at its current location at Civic Center.
  • 2019 - The Nelson/Nygaard Santa Cruz Strategic Parking Plan is published.  It recommends a multitude of strategies to address parking needs downtown before building a new garage.  The City Council never asks Nelson/Nygaard to present the plan.
    • The Campaign for Sustainable Transportation (CFST) advocates that the City follow the recommendations in the Nelson/Nygaard Strategic Plan, rather than building an unnecessary and expensive parking garage.
  • 2019 - Downtown Commons Advocates forms to promote a permanent location for the Farmers' Market on Lot 4, as part of a Downtown Commons.
  • May 2019 - City Council votes to convene a Downtown Library Subcommittee to study the Civic Center renovation and Lot 4 proposals.
  • June 2020 - The City Council votes 4-2 to continue planning the Garage-Library-Mixed Use project on Lot 4 after getting the Subcommittee recommendation, decreasing the size of the garage and increasing the affordable housing element.
  • December 31st 2021 - Santa Cruz Sentinel: "Though the city has spent a lot of time and money in putting together and revising the new [Lot 4] plan, let the voters have their say."
  • May 3rd 2022 Our Downtown, Our Future Submits initiative petition signatures to the City clerk to qualify for the November 8, 2022 ballot.