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From Front St
From Soquel bridge
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Proposed Artwork


Welcome to the City of Santa Cruz project page for the Front St/Riverfront project. Here you will find information about this project including the projects description, plan set, and future meetings relating to this project. You can also contact the City Project Planner by using the Question or Comment section below. 

Project Description

Address: 418,428,440,504,508-Riverfront

APN: 005-151-39, -22, -30, -31, -50 

Coastal Permit, Historic and Non-Residential Demolition Authorization Permits, Design Permit, Tentative Map, Special Use Permit, Administrative Use Permit, Revocable License for Outdoor Extension Area, Heritage Tree Removal Permit, and Street Tree Removal to remove one street tree and two heritage trees, to combine five parcels, demolish two historic commercial buildings including one of which is listed on the City's Historic Building Survey, and construct a seven-story, mixed-use building with 175 residential condos (15 of which will be affordable to incomes at 50% AMI, 5 at 80% AMI) and 11,498 square feet of ground floor and levee front commercial space on property located within the CBD/CZ-O/FP-O zone district and within the Front Street/Riverfront subarea of the Downtown Plan. The project requires approval of a Section 408 Permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers to allow for the placement of fill between the levee and the proposed building and to allow for the development of an outdoor extension area adjacent to the Riverway path.

This project requires review by the Historic Preservation Commission and the Planning Commission, who will provide recommendations to the City Council for final action. Stay up to date on when this project will be scheduled for Historic Preservation, Planning Commission and City Council meetings by signing up below in the Stay Informed section.

Project Status: Application Submitted/Under Review

Contact Information: 
Principal Planner: Samantha Haschert

Public Hearing Schedule

This project is scheduled to be presented to the Historic Preservation Commission on August 5, 2020. To review the agenda when it is available, visit the Historic Preservation Commission page. Meeting agendas and information are typically posted the Friday before the meeting.

Community Meeting

A community meeting was held on Monday July 1, 2019 to allow for the project applicant, project architect, and city planning staff to gather feedback from the public. Thirty-two people attended the meeting and included surrounding business owners, residents, and property owners, as well as one member of the Planning Commission.  

EIR Scoping Meeting

An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping meeting was held on December 4, 2019 at 5:30 pm in the multi-purpose room of the Louden Nelson Center, located at 301 Center Street in Santa Cruz. 


View from the River

View from Front Street





Plan Set

Reports and Analysis

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