The 1892 historic property highlights the character and community feel of Mill Valley, while at the same time supports the 2040 General Plan for Mill Valley.
By designing spaces as "micro retail,” food service and "art studio/office” encourages local serving, innovative, entrepreneurial and artistic businesses to thrive, in addition to spreading the the use of the property through out the day to mitigate traffic and congestion.
The various "community centered" open spaces on the property will allow for art shows, school productions and Chamber of Commerce events that all promote the local businesses and community organizations in the area.
The historic character and natural features of the site (Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio Creek, views of Mt Tam, and heritage trees) create an attractive site for the community.
“Good Neighbor “ policies are incorporated into the leases on the site to support and protect the neighborhood.
Support of the Environment
Collaboration with Streamkeepers to have educational signs about the creek and opportunities for creek clean up days.
Promotion of water wise gardening, and collaboration with Master Gardeners and others regarding appropriate gardening techniques and native / drought tolerant plants.
Pursue the option of a grey water demonstration site and a rain water catchment system.
Encourage tenants and the community to promote a "non disposable lifestyle".
Follow Green Building practices wherever possible while preserving the historic nature of the site.
Invite classrooms from Mill Valley schools to use the site to teach environmental classes.