A: Castro Commons is a residential mixed-use project proposed at the intersection of Castro Street and El Camino Real. The goal of this project is to provide housing (including BMR), and commercial/retail space, and revitalize the Gateway Park by designing community-oriented components that truly celebrate the pedestrian experience for locals and visitors. A generational assembly of adjacent parcels has made this project possible!
The project creates a pedestrian-oriented development that activates Castro Street and Gateway Park by creating ground-floor retail shops and restaurants. These street-activated uses include a recessed arcade for outdoor dining and a pedestrian walking/shopping experience that will activate both Castro Street and Gateway Park. The project is proposing to close Fairmont Street to autos and create a new “PedestrianPaseo” that encourages walking and bicycle use while at the same time helps to promote a connection to downtown and the “Old Town” neighborhood to the east. The Paseo features include; space for outdoor dining and seating, raised landscape planters, unique lighting and other pedestrian features to further promote a walkable addition to the neighborhood. Street level residential entries, a neighborhood community room and fitness center all open out to the new Paseo which promotes additional pedestrian activation along this new connector to Castro Street
A: A "paseo" is a walkable pathway within the project. The main paseo is created by making a portion of Fairmont Avenue - between Castro and Hope Street - into a pedestrian street. The paseos also serve as a connection between the residential fabric of the community in the rear of the project to the vibrant downtown urban character of the Castro Street. The paseos are designed to reflect a true city street for pedestrians and bicycles.
The human-scale of the paseo is achieved by introducing architectural details through various building components such as residential porches, canopies, terraces and balconies all along its length. It is interspersed with outdoor dining elements, benches, cobbled stone walkways, benches, and drought-tolerant landscaping. The walkable arcade provides a visually transparent commercial edge that activates the street and the Gateway Park.
The project proposes to take advantage of many environmental features such as PV panels to generate and storage power. Electric vehicle charging stations for residential and visitor parking, electric bike and scooter charging will also be included in the project to help promote a green solution. Other sustainable features are highlighted and included in the green energy checklist within the drawing set