Diagram of Proposed Land Uses within Half a Mile of Stations along the Reactivated Pacific Electric Redlands Subdivision
Diagram of Proposed Land Uses within Half a Mile of Stations along the Reactivated Pacific Electric Redlands Subdivision
Site Plan of Proposed Transit-Oriented, Mixed-Use Redevelopment of Existing Commercial Activity Center at California Street
A large parking deck would be constructed over the existing Wal-Mart store, which has expressed an interest in moving to a different location.
Construction is nearing completion on the Inland Regional Center and much of the rest of a new 30-acre master-planned business park in the Riverfront District in San Bernardino.
The site is located across the street from the San Bernardino Golf Club and within a mile of San Bernardino International Airport
San Bernardino features, Northwest of San Bernardino State University, Glen Helen Pavilion, the largest amphitheatre in North America and the historic site of "The Us Festival," created by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1982.
The Us Festival, an event compared with Woodstock, celebrated the nascent confluence of art and technology. And, a revival of the idea may soon be in the works to accompany San Bernardino's re-branding effort, which emphasizes a fresh, young, creative, and tech-savvy image in keeping with similar lifestyle brands, like Apple, Google, and Obama for America.
Here is the proposed site of Heritage Row, pedestrianized for the annual Route 66 Rendez-vous, "The Great Celebration of America's Mother Road."
Heritage Row is the site of the Fox Theatre (1929).
Along with the California Theatre (1928),....
... the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts, including the Sturges Auditorium (1924),...
... and Bing Wong Hall,...
... the sheer concentration of large performance venues that currently exist in San Bernardino's city center offers the opportunity to develop a true theatre district with several choices every day and night for live theatre; lectures; ballet and other dance; opera; symphonies; etc.
A handful of outdoor performance spaces also currently exist in the city center.
While just outside the Vision & Action Plan boundaries, the activity surrounding the existing Metrolink and Amtrak station, built in 1918, is important as the area will serve as one of San Bernardino's most historic and unique places.
Appearing most recently in Universal Pictures' "The Changeling," the depot has recently undergone a $16 million renovation, and the building now houses, in addition to a refurbished passenger terminal, the San Bernardino History and Railroad Museum, which is just the first piece in a plan to assemble historic and architecturally-interesting structures that require removal in order to make way for the North lake system.
Additionally, new transit-oriented development has already begun to take shape there in the form of the first phases of The Mercado at San Bernardino Station, which includes a Contextualist, Mission Revival design, as well as a pedestrian-orientation on 3rd Street and an automobile-orientation on 2nd.
While a smattering of neighborhood retail currently exists on the lower level, a new parking terrace is now under construction to allow for the occupancy of more destination retail.
The City of San Bernardino also owns the Santa Fe 3751, which is fully-operational and which the city wants to use more frequently for trips to the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, as well as Palm Springs and even the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris.
Some discussion has also been given to the prospect of a "citrus train" departing San Bernardino and transporting visitors through the orange groves of Redlands' San Timoteo Canyon, which is destined for more agri-tourism uses, especially those that connect with the existing agri-tourism in Oak Glen. Dinner excursions and the like could be part of an effort to make the Old San Bernardino Station more of a center for tourism, and the city is currently seeking federal funding for a storage facility in order to avoid leaving the locomotive in Los Angeles where the machine is currently stowed.
Such excursions recall the region's original tourism industry that was centered around cities like Riverside and Redlands, as well as San Bernardino's own Arrowhead Springs, and that gave visitors an appreciation for the Inland Empire's spectacular orange groves, countryside, and parklands, much of which are still very much in existence despite their proximity to the metropolitan areas.
Speaking of museums, San Bernardino has a museum of art and antiquities with a world-class permanent collection that, unfortunately, is tucked in a far corner of the city where there isn't much traffic.
Possible new locations for the Robert V. Fullerton Museum of Art in the city center include three potential adaptive reuses. The largest is the Harris Company building, which features: an expansive glass-roofed atrium; a mezzanine with a cafe; three additional floors; a basement; a rooftop garden; and, street-oriented frontages, potentially available for retail, on three sides of the structure.
The other two are both government-owned and are on the National Register of Historic Places. The larger is the Classical Revival courthouse, which will be vacated with the construction of the new federal and county courts complex in the proposed Democracy Park, and the smaller is the graciously-designed post office, which is currently serving the immediate area.
The artists selected for The Esplanade, including the sbX stations, were announced last week.
Roberto L. Delgado
http://www.insidebayarea.com/california/ci_13242190Juan and Patricia Navarrete have received awards and recognitions for several public art projects around the country. The couple created the "Ice Crystals" hanging sculpture in Fort Collins, Colo., and "Petroglyph Medallions," an installation of 100 copper lamppole sculptures along a 3-mile stretch in downtown Phoenix.
"We want people to get a sense of history and feel invigorated by just being there," Patricia Navarrete said of the Loma Linda art concept.
"The whole idea behind sbX is to enhance the look and livability of neighborhoods," said David Rutherford, spokesman for the project. "We feel that public art will play a role in doing that."
The Hall of Geological Wonders at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands has been completed, but the new expansion is still awaiting its exhibits.
A $1.9 million grant from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment that will help pay for the exhibits was frozen by the state budget deficit in December, delaying the wing's opening until early 2010, McKernan said.
Those funds would pay for the four largest exhibits in the building, which will house 24 displays. The rest of the $5 million cost of exhibits is coming from county funds, the nonprofit San Bernardino County Museum Association and fundraising efforts, McKernan said.
He acknowledges some frustration with the delay. County officials had hoped to open the new building this spring.
"We're anxious and the community is anxious and the Board of Supervisors is anxious to see it," he said. "We want to start bringing people in as soon as possible."
Mimi Morris, executive officer of the California Cultural and Historical Endowment, said she expects that grants will start going out by the end of May.
"It's really been an ordeal for a lot of our grantees," she said.
The museum has signed up with Platypus Studios, a Pasadena company that specializes in creating replicas, to fabricate the prehistoric creatures for display.
It's not a simple process, McKernan said.
"You don't go to a shelf and pull them off," he said.
And some of the exhibits are complex.
The mastodon exhibit, titled "Life to Death to Discovery," will feature both life-size replicas of the elephant-like prehistoric animals and a fossil find that shows what they look like when paleontologists discover their bones.
The teratorn, a bird of prey with a wingspan of about 16 feet, will be above a catwalk leading to an exhibit showing the relationship between dinosaurs and birds of today.
Some of the exhibits may be ready as soon as September, but McKernan said he wants the entire hall to be complete when the wing opens.
Some features -- an outdoor amphitheater that can seat 60 and a native vegetation garden -- already are finished. There have been concerts in the amphitheater, and the museum hopes to use the venue to highlight local musicians, McKernan said.
For example, at 3 p.m. June 7, when the museum will be open free of charge, Genevieve Duo will perform romantic classical and Celtic songs of harp and flute in the amphitheater.
The museum's vision for the hall is for it to showcase the county's rich geologic and paleontologic history, with a focus on the San Andreas Fault and how it has shaped the region, McKernan said.
"This venue will be like no other venue in North America," he said.
The museum is located two blocks Northeast of the proposed California Street station of the local rail service between San Bernardino and Redlands.
The Mayor's office in San Bernardino is attempting to coordinate all the owners of existing real estate within the city, including that in the thriving Riverfront District, to match the repositioning strategy by reinvesting in their properties, especially the office space on the western side of Hospitality Lane.
http://www.inlandsocal.com/business/...e.33f473c.htmlBut after a decade of building shopping centers and office buildings, the area is built out. City officials have shifted their focus from new developments to working with existing property owners located from Waterman Avenue west to D Street in an effort to revitalize aging office buildings and retail space.
Morris said the mayor's office was trying to pull together property owners to reinvest in their properties and reinvent the western area to take advantage of an expansion of rapid bus service that stretches north to downtown and then to the University Park area of San Bernardino. He said by repositioning the western end of Hospitality Lane it would create a new market for retailers looking to attract rapid-transit commuters and consumers from other areas of the city.
This thinking actually reflects a suggestion I made to the public-art consultant for sbX and at one of the public charrettes. I believe that the area where Hospitality Lane meets E Street needs a high-profile focal point, like a column, a large fountain, or an obelisk, at the termination of the westward and southward vistas and that the unappealing commercial building at this axial shift needs a new mix of retail, an open square, and a pedestrian orientation. At the moment, that area just seems to suck the life from Hospitality Lane, and the lack of anything interesting at this important place keeps westbound motorists from traveling northward on E Street.
I also insisted that the bridge over the Santa Ana River be reimagined. At the very least, a series of well-designed and colorful banners lining the roadway would make the structure more distinctive and would help soften all the concrete that seems to dominate that space.
The City of San Bernardino needs to improve access to the Santa Ana River, as well. The addition of the Santa Ana River Trail is good, but people need to be able to reach the wetlands, themselves, especially where the mid-rise buildings overlook the water and the wildlife.
SanBAG has just posted a long-range plan for premium transit (rail and B.R.T) and transit-oriented development in the San Bernardino Valley that shows the multimodal station in San Bernardino's city center as the terminus for the southern San Bernardino County East-West corridor (San Bernardino Avenue) of sbX. That system, indicated on the map by the purple line, would join the northern East-West corridor running along Route 66 in providing service to and from the L.A. County and Orange County lines.
According to SanBAG's conception of the future East-West sbX routes (pictured above), the proposed corridors would link the following destinations to San Bernardino's city center:
The New Sam J. Racadio Library & Environmental Learning Center
Mount San Gorgonio, Tallest in Southern California, and Mount San Bernardino
San Manuel Village, a New Mixed-Use Project Including Retail and Office Space, plus a Hotel
Multi-use Bridle Paths at Harrison Mountain
San Bernardino Valley College of Liberal Arts
The Colton Museum at the 1908 Carnegie Building
Wow. Really great photos and plans. I had no idea San Bernardino was so attractive. I'll have to visit sometime. I imagined it as just another Riverside or Victorville. Hmm. Maybe I should move there...
Adrift in a sea of beige
One of the biggest problems with San Bernardino is that so much of the good stuff is not part of a cohesive fabric. This plan is meant to address that fact while de-suburbanizing San Bernardino's schizophrenic economy. In many ways, the city currently suffers all the worst that comes with big cities while enjoying relatively little of the best that comes with such urbanism.
While I can't defend much about Victorville, Riverside is a great city. It's chock-full of good stuff that is relatively intact. I don't know how much time you've spent there, but it's definitely one of California's gems. And, I see it becoming another cultured and genteel Pasadena in the near future.
Really great pictures of the greater SB area! Having grown up in Redlands, and with most of my family still living up there, I am pretty familiar with the area. I've long thought that San Bernardino has a lot of potential for revitalization, however it has gone unrealized due to the gutting of the City's economy after the closure of Norton AFB back in the early 90s. I know the City has hoped the redevelopment of Norton into the San Bernardino International Airport would help reverse their fortunes but the airport is still not handling passenger service or any heavy commercial service ala FedEx or UPS. Has there been any recent developments on actually getting regular commercial flights into SBD?
Hopefully the plans for Downtown can actually be realized, many farsighted plans for the revitalization of Downtown never even got close to implementation. I remember one that called for the establishment of an arts district and the creation of a canal system. Due to the sad state of affairs Downtown, the City probably would have gone bankrupt trying to pull floating bodies out them, so it was probably for the best that the canals never got built.
Commercial passenger service at San Bernardino International is expected by the end of the year. The facility looks like a real airport now, instead of a decommissioned air force base. In fact, the airport will probably be the nicest in southern California when it fully opens in a few weeks.
The Working Water System, including the North and South lakes, which lie just outside the Vision & Action Plan boundaries, plus the canal system that is planned to connect the multimodal transit station with the northern and southern halves of the city center, is still being developed. The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District has been working on that project for several years. And, at present, more than two-thirds of the land for the North lake has been acquired through eminent domain. Meanwhile, CalTrans is excavating land for the South lake as part of the 215 expansion and modernization.
F Street, which is planned to become the new pedestrian-oriented main street running North and South, has been designed with a large central reservation for the canals and their waterborne circulatory transportation within the city center.
As for the arts colony, that idea was less the result of a comprehensive vision from city planners and was more the fanciful notion of a former mayor. She did bring about a residential development that was nominally an "arts colony," but it was clearly an artifice that was placed in the wrong area for it to actually attract artists.
The more organic place for an artists colony to emerge is South of the old 1918 train station, which is zoned for residential and light-industrial. There are enough old, brick warehouses that can be used as studio space there, along with older bungalows that have cheap, Bohemian rents to go with a modicum of architectural character.
The North Lake project area occupies 82.4 acres.
The South Lake project area occupies 53.7 acres
The weather has been unseasonably hot, but today is the last day of the Route 66 Rendez-vous festival in the city center of San Bernardino.
Each year, more than 500,000 people attend the event at which 36 city blocks are pedestrianized for the viewing of 2,448 historic automobiles, one for each mile of the original route from Chicago to Los Angeles.