With the exception of the brand-spanking-new City Hall and Civic Plaza, Oakley's downtown is kinda funky a hodge-podge of converted packing sheds, assorted small stores and restaurants, lots of traffic barreling through and little to no parking for would-be shoppers.
Eight years ago city officials, business owners and residents got together to map out plans to renovate, rehabilitate and resurrect the downtown area. Meetings have been held sporadically since then, but not much has been accomplished so far.
But that's all about to change. Plans are now ramping up to convert the downtown area into a tree-lined, pedestrian-friendly destination with outdoor dining; attractive storefronts; new two-, three- and possibly four-story buildings and a realigned Main Street that takes the through-traffic to the north away from the downtown core area.
Oakley Redevelopment/Economic Development Director Barbara Mason held a meeting at City Hall on July 30 to update about 70 downtown business owners and interested residents on the renovation plans.
We will be providing pedestrian corridors, outdoor dining areas and d