Tuesday May 20 2008
Historic Old Town shows off its new look this Friday
By: John Allard Member, Roseville City Council
Roseville’s Historic Old Town comes alive Friday with live music, food and fun. The public is invited as city officials and local merchants celebrate the completion of the Historic Old Town streetscape project, which has transformed the area and ushered in a new era of downtown vitality. The event, scheduled from 5:30-8:30 p.m., commemorates $13 million worth of improvements to the district, including revamped streetscapes, historical-themed additions incorporating the nearby rail yard, upgraded roadways, parking and utilities. The evening’s musical headliner will be local band Ant Bee, and several restaurants and merchants will be selling food. A beer garden will also be open with proceeds benefiting the Roseville Firefighters Association. In addition, Basic, an urban kitchen-themed restaurant/nightclub, will also hold their grand opening May 23. Historic Old Town has a whole new look with the recent completion of a streetscape and infrastructure project that added new curbs and sidewalks, under-grounded all of the overhead utilities, repaved all of the streets, added additional parking, and installed new street lights, street furnishings, lush landscaping, and iconic elements such as the water tower that provides a sense of place. By significantly improving Historic Old Town’s appearance and functionality, the city intends to attract new investment and new businesses. Already, a new restaurant, a new clothing store and a recording studio have opened. On the horizon are a day spa, themed bar, and ultra lounge and restaurant. The merchants in the district have formed an association and soon will be sponsoring community events in this clean, decorative and beautifully landscaped district with historic charm. – For more information on renovation of Historic Old Town and Roseville’s downtown areas, go to www.roseville.ca.us/planning/redevelopment/default.asp.