"What This Neighborhood Needs..."

You fill in the blanks as the City of Lafayette extends a unique opportunity for residents to have a say in what sort of business comes to town.


Patch, and by extension the City of Lafayette, received some creative and shall we say lighthearted suggestions for a proposed new business at . And now it's time to shift our attention farther along Mt. Diablo Blvd. to 3535 Plaza Way.

Longtime home to and a favorite of locals who fancy plank sidewalks instead of concrete beneath their feet, this location has restaurant and the thrift store as its most immediate neighbors. Plans for a much-anticipated at the old Park Theater down the boardwalk are still very much alive, with architects at work there to -- hopefully -- blend the two.

anchors the Moraga Road side of the location so there's good foot traffic. City Planner Niroop Srivatsa thanked contributors to last week's "What This Neighborhood Needs..." and hopes locals might have a few ideas about what to do with 3535 Plaza Way.

It's your town, after all.

Harry Jenkins April 11, 2012 at 05:04 PM
A parking garage.
lovelafayette April 11, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Knock the buildings down, remove street and enlarge the park.
Rosemary April 12, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Knock the buildings down, remove street and building a parking lot so we can have a parking lot for Fentons.
Jose April 12, 2012 at 03:12 AM
A rich benefactor to name the expanded park after.
Thomas Black April 12, 2012 at 03:40 PM
I cast another vote for nuking buildings and enlarging park while leaving enough room for ample parking at Fentons should same appear. What we don't need is additional small shops that attract more vehicular traffic, thus further clogging the intersection. That said, it would be nice to have a genuine New York-style deli in town. :-)
T. Taylor April 12, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I'm sorry - isn't this a democracy and don't property owners still have the right to determine the use of their property?? The buildings they are talking about are HISTORIC BUILDINGS. They are part of Lafayette's history. As a lifetime resident - over 50 years - it is very distressing that newbies would come in and want to destroy. I'm sure that the property owner - since they have architects on board already - is working within the city guidelines to redevelop the property. While the public may make suggestions as to use, ultimately it is the property owner who makes the decision.
Tim Davis April 12, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Historic buildings arent having a good day today.
Michael Taylor April 13, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Seal off that portion of Mount Diablo from Moraga Road south? and turn it into a pedestrian mall. Bring Fentons in, restore the old buildings to their old town look and feel and stand back as I bike in for breakfast at Squirrels or MIllies and work my way to Fentons. Way too noisy there anyway. Let people walk around.
Oppelt April 13, 2012 at 03:39 AM
We'd love to see a bistro w/ plenty of outdoor seating (ala Parc in Philadelphia on Rittenhouse, which is inspired by Paris). That said, all for eliminating the parking out front (yes, walk already). That is an accident waiting to happen with kids (based on our Rotary Club egg fest last Saturday).
Tim Davis April 14, 2012 at 04:02 PM
TV followed Patch story on the Adobe. It looks like people do care about old buildings.


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