C Street, Lincoln Way and Palm Park will receive a makeover as part of a plan to revitalize Galt’s Old Town.
The project will include some form of an archway to greet visitors to the city, more trees and pedestrian walkways and a revamp of Palm Park with a new parking lot and a bandstand as a gathering place.
The city hired a contractor to design improvements that will help give Galt its own identity, said Bill Forrest, the city’s senior civil engineer.
Galt expects to use about $3 million in redevelopment funds to pay for the improvements. Callander Associates Landscape Architecture held several public meetings and gathered information on what citizens want to see in town.
The goal is to connect the new C Street Interchange, which should be finished in 2012, with Old Town, said Benjamin Woodside, a principal at Callander.
“How do we tie these two projects together, draw people into town and get them to eat, shop and play here?” Woodside said.
Woodside presented the plans at the Galt City Council meeting, and divided them into four main areas the city is focusing on:
Palm Park near the railroad tracks: Residents said they want a passive park where people can gather for events.
The city will divide the park into two separate areas. The first section would be a passive park with a picnic table and small walking paths that will be a more quiet area for the residents of Galt Place, an 80-unit senior housing complex on 4th Street.
The other will include a bandstand where the city can host music or gatherings, and it will be surrounded by two concrete paths that cars can drive on and people can walk on for events, Woodside said. He envisions a farmers market in that area.
“There is nothing like having that central green space. We want to expand on that and make it a really special space. It could be a real draw from downtown,” he said.
The city also plans to put in a parking lot between the two park areas that will include 120 spaces. Galt will leave a space open for a potential railroad station.
While the city has no specific plans for train service, if a commuter train ever happens in the area, this could be a possible location for a station, Forrest said.
Gateway features at C Street and Lincoln Way: When people enter Galt, there needs to be a monumental landmark and signs that let them know they have arrived downtown, Woodside said.
Residents said they wanted something unique that incorporates the metal work in Old Town and the water tower.
The drawing showed a gray curved arch that did not meet in the middle, but had multiple Galt signs. They suggested putting one at C Street and one at Lincoln Way.
They also recommended doing a special medallion in the C Street and Civic Drive intersection, and landscaping.
C Street: One of the main goals on C Street is to keep cars moving and also provide safer pedestrian crossings. Woodside said there will be colored paving in the middle of the road. It will match a stamp pattern on the sidewalk where benches and trash cans will go between new trees.
There will be new pedestrian crossings with small medians on either side to protect people walking across the street.
Lincoln Way: Currently, between A and C streets, there is only parallel parking. The city plans to take one side of the street and make it diagonal parking while still keeping the large sidewalks. The main addition will be a crosswalk in the middle of the street, so pedestrians can safely walk.
Woodside also recommends the city slightly scale back SMUD Park, so cars can easily turn into the B Street parking lot.