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Roseville kicks off Town Square with food truck party

Construction of public gathering space downtown will begin by early June
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Roseville city officials envision downtown as a place where people live, shop, eat and play -- and on Sunday, May 6, plenty of eating will take place.

The city is hosting a mobile food celebration to kick off construction of the Town Square in front of Civic Center on Vernon and Grant streets. Eight gourmet food trucks will be cooking up goodies for the free event, according to Jamie Carlson with the city.

Those include Heavenly Dogs, Mini Burger, Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen, Chando's Tacos, Smoothie Patrol, Volkswaffle, Coast to Coast Sandwiches and Simply Southern aka It's Corn Cake.

"We hope the event brings new people into the area and provides an opportunity for us to showcase what downtown Roseville has to offer," Carlson said. "Come for the gourmet food, listen to some local live music and browse shops and galleries. It's a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon."

Construction of the Town Square is scheduled to begin by early June, said the city's Developmental Analyst Bill Aiken.

"The Town Square is going to be the pre-eminent destination in the downtown area that will bring in people and be beneficial to those who have an interest in downtown, especially businesses," Aiken said.

This public space is part of a grand vision for the revitalization of downtown and Old Town that has been several years in the making. Roseville City Council approved the Downtown Specific Plan in 2009 and in August approved 13 projects in these two districts to be completed over three years for $37 million.

The majority of this cost is covered by funds allocated specifically for physical improvements and not intended for operational expenses.

The Town Square will act as a "community living room," as city spokeswoman Megan MacPherson calls the space, with a water fountain and a stage for theatrical and musical acts. The city has set aside funding to program this stage on an ongoing basis.

"The end of the construction is just the beginning (of the work)," Aiken said.

There will also be public WiFi, restrooms, plenty of seating and space to host vendor fairs. Other plans for downtown include changes to pedestrian bridges and infrastructure improvements.

"We're enhancing what we have and allowing more people to participate in special events," said Mayor Pauline Roccucci.

Aiken said business owners have been supportive of the plans, even though there's always some apprehension with construction projects. The city will ensure that shoppers can easily access businesses.

In February, the City Council approved the purchase of a piece of property on Lincoln Street for the new Fire Station No. 1 for a cost of $400,000. Moving the station currently located on Oak Street opens up land along Dry Creek and allows for a future creek walk and provides space for about 230,000 square feet of development.

As for Aiken, he's worked for the city for 21 years - the last eight focused on revitalization and redevelopment of downtown and Old Town. He said it's satisfying to now be on the verge of making all that work a reality.

"I'm looking forward to the (Town Square)," Aiken said. "It's one more piece of the puzzle."

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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Downtown Roseville's mobile food event

What: Celebrate the kick-off of Town Square construction

When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 6

Where: In front of Civic Center, Vernon and Grant streets in Roseville

Cost: Free

Info: www.roseville.ca.us/mobilefood