New or improved in the Lodi area in 2011
Galt Place opened to tenants in November. Galt Place is 100,000
total square-feet, with two of the three stories being dedicated to
over 80 units for housing. It is believed to be Galt’s first
building with an elevator. In the ground level, commercial space is
available. The Velvet Grill is scheduled to go in next year.
Brewster’s Bar and Grill opens in historic Galt building
Brewster’s Bar and Grill opened in Old Town Galt on Monday, May 30, 2011.
- Galt Place planners relied on redevelopment agency
Seven years ago, developers John Ciceroni and Cyrus Youssefi of
C.F.Y. Development, Inc. picked the downtown Galt location because
of the redevelopment vision already in place. "We would not have
been able to do the project without the redevelopment agency,"
Ciceroni said. "The city is a shining example of taking portions of
a town and using funding to improve the area."
Because of the economy, funding for C.F.Y.'s Galt Place was
sluggish. The project broke ground last March and a grand opening
was held in November, completing what City Manager Jason Behrmann
refers to as the redevelopment bookends along Fourth Street. The
other end is Brewster's Bar and Grill, which opened last
Galt Place's residential units for senior citizens are 50
percent filled, and the owners are taking applications.
In addition to multi-level affordable housing, the building with
the colorful exterior will house a number of businesses on the
bottom floor, including Velvet Creamery. It is expected to open
this spring, according to Ciceroni.
The city has plans for a nearby park where residents can rest on
"We're thrilled about the project and hope to be a magnet to
further development," Ciceroni said. "We hope to bring people back
— Jennifer Bonnett
- Brewster's Restaurant owners, developers have a history
Until Brewster's Bar and Grill opened late last spring, there
were few choices for residents seeking a gourmet meal in a sit-down
restaurant. On most evenings now, a parking place is hard to come
by, and when the weather is warm outside seating is a
The historical building was vacant for 15 years before D&S
Development purchased it and Sacramento restaurant owners Jason
Boggs, Alex Origoni and Garrett Van Vleck opened the upscale
steakhouse. D&S Development has undertaken a number of larger
redevelopment projects in the Sacramento area including the
rehabilitation of a once-vibrant shopping district on K Street.
The company still owns the Brewster's building and leases it to
the restaurant owners.
The three young entrepreneurs opened Shady Lady Saloon in a
historic building near downtown Sacramento in April 2009. Today,
the restaurant offers a full menu and live entertainment on
weekdays and weeknights.
It was also a joint effort with D&S Development when the
company restored a 1913 bread factory for the Shady Lady.
D&S spent two years and $2.5 million renovating the
Brewster's building, including major changes to meet seismic
requirements and reroofing the entire building. It was built in
1868 and housed the Brewster Company Store and the Odd Fellows
— Jennifer Bonnett
- Galt revitalization by the numbers
10: Properties to be acquired by the city's
redevelopment agency to build an entertainment venue.
$17 million: The approximate amount of bond
money, to date, used to finance the Old Town Relocation
$24 million: Private investments made to the
entire Central Galt area in recent years.
1869: The year Galt was officially founded. The
city was built around the railroad tracks.
10,000 square feet: The size of Galt Place.
$2.9 million: Total cost of rehabilitating the
building that houses Brewster's Bar and Grill.
$4.6 million: Cost of streetscape improvements
completed in 2003.
— Source: City of Galt
- Test your Old Town Galt knowledge
1. What is the oldest building in downtown?
A. The one at 4th and B streets that is now occupied by
Brewster's Bar & Grill.
B. St. Luke's Episcopal Church.
C. Spaans Cookie Company.
2. What used to be housed in the new Brewster's Bar &
A. A turn-of-the-century saloon.
B. City Hall.
C. The city's Post Office.
3. The city hired an outside firm last year to help recommend
changes to Old Town. What cities has Callander and Associates
already helped improve?
A. San Carlos and Hayward.
B. San Francisco and San Diego.
C. Lodi and Lathrop.
4. When will the new C Street overpassing, which links Highway
99 and downtown, re-open?
A. It's closed?
B. Sometime this year.
5. Which Galt City Council member once operated a shop
A. Mike Singleton.
B. Barbara Payne.
C. Jason Behrmann.
6. What was the original name of Fourth Street?
A. Railroad Way.
B. 4th Street.
C. Front Street.
7. BONUS: Which came first, the city or the Central Pacific
Answers: 1, A; 2, C; 3, A; 4, B; 5, B; 6, C; 7, the railroad
— Jennifer Bonnett
Posted: Monday, January 16, 2012 12:00 am
Updated: 6:40 am, Mon Jan 16, 2012.
If you haven't driven through downtown Galt in a few months, you
might not recognize it.
A new three-story senior citizen housing complex rose from the
ground up, and the city's oldest building was refurbished for an
Monday, January 16, 2012 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:40 am.
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