Centerville District Update
Fremont’s Centerville District remains a vibrant community in the heart of Fremont and continues to evolve into a center for economic growth. The City is currently planning for new housing, businesses, and a neighborhood park for the area. Several improvement projects are also in the works.
Street improvements are on the way.
In October 2019, the City was granted ownership, and with it, local control over the right of way of State Route 84, which includes portions of Thornton Avenue, Fremont Boulevard, Peralta Boulevard, and Mowry Avenue. This has helped set the stage for a multi-year plan to upgrade the quality of those roads. Phase 1 of that plan involves the Centerville Complete Streets project, which is funded through a grant administered by the Alameda County Transportation Commission. The project will improve segments of Fremont Boulevard, Thornton Avenue, and Peralta Boulevard and implement “complete street” improvements to enhance safety and mobility for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, school children, and businesses. The City is currently gathering community and stakeholder input for this project by conducting a series of community meetings. For more information, visit the project webpage.
A new neighborhood park is opening.
Dusterberry Neighborhood Park was approved by the Fremont City Council in June 2019 and will be located at the intersection of Peralta Boulevard and Dusterberry Way. The park will include a tot-play area with nature-themed play structures; a school-aged playground with shade structures; looped paths through the park; an adult fitness area and basketball court; drop-in picnic tables; artwork; and lawn play areas. Construction of the park is anticipated to begin in spring 2021, with a goal of opening in March 2022. For more information, visit the project webpage.
More housing and new businesses are moving in.
A new mixed-use development by developer SiliconSage Builders is also planned for Centerville. The development was approved by City Council in March 2019 and will be located on Fremont Boulevard between Parish Avenue and Peralta Boulevard. It will feature commercial space, rental apartments, and for-sale townhomes. In addition, the developer has agreed to provide a variety of community benefits, including a community room available to the public. The project is currently in the building permit review stage, and construction is anticipated to begin later this year. For more details, read the City’s staff report.
Centerville continues to thrive.
Completed in late 2017, the Artist Walk development near Thornton Avenue on Fremont Boulevard is thriving. The housing units have been popular with renters, and nearly all of the retail spaces within the development are leased and open for business. In addition, a new mixed-use development is planned right next door at 3900 Thornton Avenue, and existing property owners in Centerville are exploring ways to invest in their properties.