once again this Thursday evening look at Broadway Plaza's major long-range expansion plans, which include adding up to 300,000 square feet of new retail space in varying configurations and200 housing units.
If Broadway Plaza closed the street, the city would lose most or all of the 63 metered on-street parking stalls. Now, the loss of any parking downtown is perhaps not the most welcome news. However, Macerich has big place to build new multi-level garages, including a sub-grade levels, behind Macy's and Nordstrom to replace the outdated and almost always packed two-level garage that exists now.
At Thursday's Planning Commission, city Planning Staff will give an update on the process of developing Broadway Plaza's "Long-Range Master Plan." City staff wants more definition and details on the plan in order to create a workable framework that adequately addresses expectations and General Plan direction for the site layout and connectivity with the surrounding downtown area.
So far, there is little opposition from city council members or planning commission members to the idea of closing Broadway Plaza street.
There shouldn't be. As far as streets go in Walnut Creek or anywhere, it's not very useful. I can't think of the last time I drove down it, and I don't see many people using it to get around Broadway Plaza or downtown.